Thursday, 16 October 2014

Broads volunteers up for prestigious national award!

Broads group the Nancy Oldfield Trust have been shortlisted for the prestigious National Parks Volunteer Awards.

The trust, which for 30 years has provided water-based activities in the Broads for disabled and disadvantaged people from all over the United Kingdom, beat dozens of entrants to be one of five shortlisted for the group category in the 2014 awards.

A spokesperson for National Parks UK said: "The standard for this year's awards was incredibly high and exemplary of the amazing work being done by volunteers throughout the 15-member National Parks family."

Some 60 volunteers at the Nancy Oldfield Trust help provide sailing, rafted canoeing, motor boating and other activities based on the water. Volunteers also carry out most of the boat and building maintenance at the trust's centre in Neatishead.

Volunteers participate in a number of events held on the Broads to promote access to what is an inherently inaccessible environment; they also promote trust work through talks and by direct approaches to potential visitor groups.

The 2014 National Parks Volunteer Awards are being given in four categories: Individual, Young Person, Volunteer Project and Volunteer Group. Judges will soon return to the discussion table and winners will be announced in November.

For more information visit the National Parks UK website.

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