Robert Quayle in line for top award
A DEDICATED volunteer who has spent nearly three decades with a Bury charity could win a top award.
Robert Quayle has been shortlisted in the Volunteer of the Year category at national awards presented by charity Sense.
The 57-year-old, who has sight and hearing difficulties as a result of Usher syndrome, has been volunteering with Bury Deaf Society for 28 years.
He is involved in every aspect, from organising social activities and free signing and English classes, to raising funds and training volunteers.
He became manager of the society in 2004 but still volunteers for 15 hours a week.
Mr Quayle said: “I am very happy to be shortlisted for this award. I have been volunteering at Bury Deaf Society for 28 years and it is great to help people with the same condition as myself, as I know what it is like to be in their shoes.
“I hope that I have encouraged other disabled people to volunteer and work to help others.”
Mr Quayle was nominated for the award by Peter Ashworth, society chairman, and will find out if he has won at a ceremony being held in London on September 30.
Mr Ashworth said: “Robert is a role model for the members of the society and the local community.
“He will always go the extra mile to help and support people and his dedication shows what you can achieve through hard work.
“I have seen him grow from a volunteer to a professional manager, who is always willing to learn and encourage others to do the same.”
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