Midlands - Regional retirement awards winner

19 July 2012

A retiree from Milton Keynes has been named as one of the most extraordinary retired people in the UK, having scooped a prize for his commitment to charity during the regional finals of the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy & Stone’s, National Retirement Awards.

Alfred Bolton from Milton Keynes battled stiff competition from fellow nominees to be announced as the Midlands regional champion in the category designed to honour those who give up their own time to help others.

At a regional judging event held earlier this week at McCarthy & Stone’s Poppy Court development in Sutton Coldfield, the retiree managed to impress judges with tales of his time during the Second World War where he served as a Royal Navy Sailor on HMS Warspite. Now, at the age of 93, Alf spends a lot of his free time fundraising and raised £1,784 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2011.

Following his win, Alf 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 a very difficult task to whittle them down to our few final category winners,” commented Richard Williams, regional managing director for McCarthy & Stone. “However, Alf 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.

Those interested in finding out more are now invited to register their interest for the forthcoming Later Living development in Weston Favell, Northampton. Assisted Living properties are also currently available to purchase at Townsend Court in Rushden, offering a low maintenance lifestyle, with the added benefit of an on-site restaurant, domestic assistance, and personal care by arrangement.

For further information, telephone 0800 919132.




Notes to editors:

At McCarthy & Stone everything we do is built around a belief that later life can be rich, rewarding and fulfilling. We believe it is an opportunity to rediscover the things you love and explore new territory. Helping people make the most of it is our purpose and our passion, so on a daily basis we strive to think differently and care more about transforming later life.

Over the past 35 years, we have become Britain’s leading provider of retirement apartments, pioneering the concept of purpose-built accommodation for older people. We provide 70% of this type of accommodation, having built more than 45,000 apartments in 1,000 different schemes. We also have a range of financial and estate management products and services specifically designed to help people live later life to the full. 

We offer a choice of different types of retirement developments that includes Later Living and Assisted Living. Our Later Living developments offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life; provide more time to embrace the possibilities of later life through reduced maintenance and admin, as well as peace of mind and companionship. Assisted Living developments offer all of this, plus a helping hand through flexible care and support packages that make life that little bit easier.


For further press information: Claire Gething, Haslimann Taylor PR, 0121 355 3446 claire@htpr.com.