Proud sponsors of this year's Diamond Champions

05 June 2013

It will come as no surprise to our homeowners that the over 60s provide a great deal of support to communities across Britain. It will also be of no surprise that this work often goes unrecognised by many people.

To help address this, and raise awareness of the important contribution made by the over 60s, we are sponsoring the Diamond Champions awards, run by Royal Voluntary Service

The Diamond Champions awards recognise volunteers that go the extra mile to help others. Open to anyone aged 60 and over the awards take into account all kinds of volunteering and are aimed at finding older people who give their time to improve the lives of those around them.

Sixty Diamond Champions from six regions will be shortlisted and 12 Diamond Champions will be chosen by an independent national judging panel to attend a prestigious reception, in November. The Diamond Champions will receive a certificate signed by their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall - the President of Royal Voluntary Service.

Here at McCarthy & Stone we are proud to support these awards, particularly as through our network of properties we hear of the great work done from many of our homeowners. This is the second year that Royal Voluntary Service will be running the awards and last year they received 4,573 nominations. Therefore, we encouraging people to get behind the campaign and nominate those who they feel deserve to have their efforts recognised and the chance to become a Diamond Champion.

Whether it is every day or just a few hours a week, volunteers are vital to our society and the Diamond Champions awards are a campaign that everyone should be proud to support.

If you know of someone you would like to put forward to become a Diamond Champion, you can nominate them in the following ways:

1. Online at www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/diamondchampions

2. By sending a nomination in a stamped envelope to: Diamond Champions, c/o Royal Voluntary Service, Beck Court, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff Gate, CF23 8RP.

Nominations should be a maximum of 300 words and include how the person nominated goes the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of others, and specify for how long they have been volunteering.

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