PAB really is going from strength to strength, thanks to our wonderful band of loyal volunteers and supporters that have helped us achieve what we have over the years. We are so grateful for each and everyone who has given up their time for the PAB and wanted to show our appreciation and give a little something back.
On Thursday 19th May we invited our volunteers and supporters to our annual volunteers evening. It is a chance to come together and celebrate the people who help PAB to provide a local service for local blind and partially sighted people. Over 80 people attended, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough.
This year we presented thank you posters to lots of local businesses and organisations who had donated to us, and all our volunteers were given a small gift to show our appreciation. Luckily our youngest volunteer, Ethan aged 11, pulled out a box of chocolates instead of a bottle of wine! There is a lovely picture of one of the guide dogs with his eye on a box of chocolates here in the gallery page of our website.
There was a short general knowledge quiz which was great fun and then a lovely buffet organised by the Peterborough & District Bowls Centre (Burton Street, Peterborough) which seemed to go down a treat with everyone. Special thanks goes to PAB committee member Carol Abell for organising the event again this year.
We were also very proud to announce that Mandy Thompson was awarded with PAB’s volunteer of the year award and Norma Wildman was our nominated PCVS volunteer of the year.
Mandy has been involved with the PAB for many years as the charity’s secretary, trustee and committee member. She has also been instrumental in securing grants for the charity, helping with the running the office, making sure our voice is heard and helping to develop our new sight loss booklet for people newly diagnosed with sight loss.
Norma has also been involved with PAB for a long time as a committee member and Trustee. Norma’s determination and effort this year secured funding from PHT enabling PAB to employ an activities coordinator. She also drives the charities fundraising efforts, spending considerable time organising and participating in street collections and supermarket bag packs like at Sainsbury’s Bretton, where she raised an amazing £6,000 for PAB.
Huge congratulations Mandy and Norma. You have both been amazing and we are very lucky to have you!