Winners of the Celebrating Age Awards 2017 (left to right): Paul Shilling, Rosie Macdonald, Terry Clarkson, Ernie Howard, Shane Randall, Martin Hoy, Peter Cobb, Anne Hoy, John Berry, Doreen Britton, Judy Dunn, June Ring, Val Luter, Fred Issac.
Age Friendly Island’s second annual Celebrating Age Festival started on International Older Persons Day, Sunday 1st October and had events all week to Saturday 7th October 2017. Over 400 people took part in events all over the Island, thank you to everyone who supported the festival.
A highlight of the festival was the third Celebrating Age Awards which celebrated the achievements of local older people
The event was sponsored by Wright Estate Agency and hosted by the Age Friendly Island team within Age UK Isle of Wight (Age UKIW).
Paul Grimes from Wright Estate Agents stated: “The evening was a great success ... a modest and understated recognition of the enormous efforts of all the nominees, that elicited a quiet but much deserved personal pride. To people that give so selflessly these acknowledgements are small in their own way but huge in the eyes of the individuals and organisations concerned.”
There were 8 awards given out in a variety of categories with some very deserving nominees and winners.
Age Friendly Entrepreneur Award Winner - Angel IW Radio (Martin Hoy & Anne Hoy)
Sponsored by Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
Age Friendly Team Award Winner - IW Citizens Advice
Sponsored by Co-Operative stores
Age Friendly Volunteer Award Winner - Doreen Britton
Sponsored by Red Funnel
Age Friendly Arm in Arm Award Winner - Citizen to Citizen Project - Ernie Howard, Peter Cobb, Chris James, Brian Nordbruch, Terry Clarkson and Paul Shilling
Sponsored by Southern Housing Group
Age Friendly Challenge Award Winner - Shane Randall
Sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Age Friendly Contribution to the Community Award - John Berry
Sponsored by Southern Vectis
Age Friendly Active Person Award Winner - Fred Issac
Sponsored by Tesco
Age Friendly Impact Award Winner – June Ring
Sponsored by Learning Links
We would also like to congratulate all of the shortlisted nominees who were noted for their efforts:
Malcom Hood, Liz Christopher, Colin Caldicott, Alan Truckel, Marian Kennet, Roger Scott-Roberts, Marilyn Bersey, Hammie Tappenden, Toni Goodley, Joan Livingstone, Karl Love, David Lumley, Danielle Burgess, John Berry and Carolyn Sibley.
Andrew Wickham from Southern Vectis stated: “As Southern Vectis is an integral part of the Isle of Wight community, it was a pleasure to sponsor a Celebrating Age Award, and an honour to present the award to John Berry, a most worthy winner. We work hard to ensure our services are accessible, enjoyable and safe for older people, and it was uplifting to see the good work being carried out by so many people on the Island”.
June Ring winner of the Age Friendly Impact Award said: “I would like to thank everyone for my award, I was just so surprised (shocked).I have been so lucky, I have received so much support from so many people over the years, Dick my late husband was my rock, my family and from pub customers to the West Wight W.C.T group and of course the intrepid Fire Fighter. The ladies of Yarmouth who make cakes and run the coffee mornings and Fran who nominated me. I have met so many wonderful and brave people made many friends and feel I have been privileged.
Pictured above: Kelvin Wright and June Ring
Well done everyone and thank you to all our sponsors.
Thank you and we hoped you enjoyed the festival!
The Celebrating Age Festival is hosted by Age Friendly Island and funded through the Big Lottery Fund. It is a part of the Ageing Better programme of projects and initiatives working to make the Isle of Wight a great place for older people to live. More details can be found here: Ageing Better Programme.