Olympic athlete supports scheme to celebrate pensioners’ achievements

OLYMPIC and Commonwealth athlete, Dame Mary Peters DBE, is supporting an award scheme to celebrate pensioners’ achievements.

People in Wealden have until February 29 to send in their nominations for individuals or groups of people who have done something worthy of recognition, excelled in their field or gone all out to help their local community.

All entries will be judged by an expert panel before being selected to complete at a regional final in the spring. Winners go through to a national final to receive awards from Dame Mary.

Five categories are awards for courage, community, sport, charity and an overall winner for the individual or group that has excelled in any field.

The winner in each category will scoop a prize of £1,000 while the overall winner will receive a cheque for £5,000.

Wendy Slingo of organisers McCarthy & Stone, said: “We are looking to celebrate the often overlooked achievements of those people aged over 60, many of whom are doing fantastic work within their local communities.

“We want to honour these amazing individuals so if you know a person or a group of people who have achieved something extraordinary in their later years, get in touch now.”

Dame Mary Peters, herself retired, is giving the awards her full backing.

“She comments: “Celebrating individuals and organisations who are achieving so much in many ways in later life is a great idea.”

To make your nomination, please visit Portman Court on Grange Road in Uckfield to pick up an entry form or visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/retirementawards or call 0800 919132.