Dedicated volunteer honoured

Left to right: Chief Executive Jackie Ballard with Geoff Thompson
Left to right: Chief Executive Jackie Ballard with Geoff Thompson

A LONG-SERVING volunteer has been honoured for his tireless commitment.

Morpeth resident Geoff Thompson was presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering Award from Action on Hearing Loss for his dedicated service to the charity.

Mr Thompson has helped to improve access to services for people with hearing loss and has also worked with MP Ian Lavery on campaigns.

He said: “Volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss is always enjoyable and it’s tremendously rewarding being able to help improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in my local area.

“I am overjoyed to have been given this award and thrilled that I have helped such a worthwhile charity to make a real difference.”

The volunteer was presented with his regional award in a ceremony at Reiver House in Morpeth.

But there was another honour for the area nationally when the Northumberland and Rural Durham Project picked up the charity’s gong for Champion of Promoting Teamwork.

The project was recognised for its campaigns in hospitals and libraries and for providing information and support across the region, as well as for its instrumental role in bringing back council-run lipreading classes to the area.

Head of Volunteering Development Jane Bailey said: “Volunteers form the very lifeblood of Action on Hearing Loss and we wouldn’t be the charity we are today without them.

“These star volunteers not only show their commitment in dedicating their valuable time, but they bring a diverse range of skills and boundless energy that are so vital to our success.”

The charity is seeking volunteers for a wide range of roles. For more information contact Sandra Welburn on 01670 504290 or email