Duchess of Cornwall honours Harrogate volunteer

Diamond Champion John Shannon receives his pin from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (s)
Diamond Champion John Shannon receives his pin from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (s)

Harrogate man John Shannon, 97, received the Royal Voluntary Service’s Diamond Champion award in recognition of his volunteering work.

John was presented with a diamond pin by the President of the Royal Voluntary Service, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and its ambassador, Phillip Schofield.

Harrogate Volunteering Oscars winner John began at the age of 17 and his past roles include leading a prison visiting scheme in the 1930s at Winchester Prison and chairman of the Girls Nautical Training Corps.

He continues to volunteer and currently offers his time for Supporting Older People, Age UK and Carers’ Time Off.

He became a volunteer for Carers’ Time Off following the death of his wife, Eileen, in 2008.

During her illness, she had been supported by volunteers from the charity who gave him the opportunity to take a break from his full-time caring commitments.

Christine Boxall, Service Coordinator from Carers’ Time Off said: ”John is a great example of a volunteer using his own experiences to make a difference to the people he supports.

“He is reliable, committed and dedicated to helping others and extremely good company.”

John said: “Although my involvement has been over a long time, none of my duties have been onerous.

“I stand in awe of what some people do. I don’t regard my volunteering work as anything special, but as long as I can get around, I’ll carry on!”

Contact Christine Boxall or Anna Woollven on 01423 813094 or help@harcvs.org.uk for more on Carers’ Time Off.