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New awards celebrate blind charity support

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has launched a new awards programme to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the charity and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

The Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering is now open for nominations and the charity is urging people to get involved. Rodney Powell was charity founder Thomas Pocklington’s great nephew. He was a trustee at TPT for 37 years from 1983 to 2020, when he sadly passed away. 

Emma Hughes, Director of Services for TPT, said:

These inaugural awards recognise the value volunteers’ engagement brings to the lives of blind and partially sighted people and is a fitting tribute to the commitment and dedication Rodney made to the charity as a volunteer trustee and Chair.

There will be three categories in this year’s awards:

  • Outstanding volunteering team:
  • Outstanding volunteer (individual)
  • Outstanding contribution to volunteering

People are urged to submit their nominations for who they think deserves to win the award for their work between January 2020 and August 2021.  Nominations will be open until 10th August 2021.  The public will then be invited to vote for the nominated candidates they feel should win the team and individual categories.  The outstanding contribution award will be judged by the team from TPT based upon all nominations received. 

To nominate visit: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/rodney-powell-award

The awards will be presented during the Sight Loss Council Conference on Saturday 9th October 2021. 

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