RONALD CHARLES MILLS BCAe
Ronald aged 84, from Wigan has been volunteering at Parbold Douglas Academy Primary School for 45 years, and Newburgh Church of England School for over 24 years, whilst also being a full-time carer for his wife Margaret, who he married 64 years ago.
Whilst working as an Engineer for Heinz, Ron took up the position as a school governor, with a passion for education and helping pupils realise their full potential and this has never wavered. After five heart-bypasses Ron had to retire from work but remained a Governor and increased his volunteering to two days per week, inspiring pupils to develop their maths skills and helping them to visualise how these skills can be linked to industry. When his granddaughter started school, she asked him to volunteer and for 25 years now he has been listening to pupils read once a week. Ron never tires of making a difference to every single pupil.
Ron’s community spirit extends beyond his educational volunteering, he has been a Church Warden, is well known to families in crisis being a familiar trusted face, he also reads out the Roll of Honour every year for Remembrance Sunday.
Nominated by: Julie Fenelon