Northern news

10 May 2012

Bradford retiree, Jeffrey Long MBE, has been named one of the most extraordinary retired people in the UK, having scooped the overall winners prize during the regional finals of the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy & Stone’s, National Retirement Awards.

Jeffrey, 81 from Bingley, battled stiff competition from fellow nominees to be announced as the northern regional champion in the category designed to honour those aged over 60 who have excelled in any field or discipline.

At a regional judging event held earlier this week at McCarthy & Stone’s Sykes Court At a regional judging event held earlier this week at McCarthy & Stone’s Sykes Court development near Huddersfield, Jeffrey managed to impress judges with tales of his continued commitment to fundraising on behalf of the RBLI. In 2011 alone, Jeffrey raised £9,000, partly by walking 90 miles during which time he climbed three peaks, visited three cathedrals and three military establishments. He has previously also walked alone from London to Switzerland in terrible weather just with a back pack and a Poppy umbrella, which he also sold to passers-by along the way, raising a profit of £1,000 for the charity.

Following his win, Jeffrey will go on to take part in the national competition later this year against a host of other regional finalists from across the UK.

“We have had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing individuals throughout the judging process and it was very difficult task to whittle them down to our few final category winners,” commented Anthony Anton, Regional Construction Director for McCarthy & Stone. “However, Jeffrey proved to be a real inspiration and all the judges felt that he deserved to be recognised for his incredible achievements. We wish him all the very best in the national finals.”

The National Retirement Awards are aimed at honouring individuals or groups of people aged 60 or over, who have done something worthy of recognition, excelled in their field or have gone all out to help their local community. The winners of the regional finals will go through to the national finals, where overall winners for each category will be decided by a judging panel that includes former Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters DBE.

The national winner in each individual category will scoop a prize of £1,000 while the nominee named as the “National Retirement Awards Overall Winner” will be presented with a cheque for £5,000.

McCarthy & Stone provides specialist retirement developments that offer an active, independent retirement lifestyle for the over 60s with the peace of mind of additional security, home ownership and companionship. For further information, telephone 0800 919132 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.