IRENE CALCUTT, BCAh
Irene is a ‘free of charge’ benefit to the community. “An angel of mercy” who started her ‘career’ of giving by driving around Dorset delivering and collecting hearing aids for repair, when people were unable to get to the hospital themselves. She realised the dependency that some people have on their hearing aids, so she took it upon herself to help those who were affected by delivering them in person.
From there, her good nature flourished and Irene became an active volunteer at the local hospital on a regular basis for ‘Friends of the Hospital’, a role she has carried out for many years. In addition to this she helps the Dorchester Disabled Association. During the past 22 years she has spearheaded fundraising that resulted in two ambulances being appropriated. Irene is also the treasurer of the Dorchester Disabled Club. Irene’s dedication is perhaps more remarkable as she has been caring for her husband who has been disabled for the past 12 years.
Irene’s dedication to her community has also seen her organising life support and airways training courses, shopping for housebound community members and home visits for those that have no friends/ family so they would have someone to talk to.
Irene has assumed a responsibility of doing things for people unable to do those things for themselves in her community. She has good intentions, drive and determination.
Nominated by: Graham Curtis