Devizes volunteer gains national recognition for work at home

This Is Wiltshire: Jackie Mason receives the congratulations of fellow Elizabeth House resident John Brosnan Jackie Mason receives the congratulations of fellow Elizabeth House resident John Brosnan

DEVIZES volunteer Jackie Mason has won a national award for her work in the sheltered housing scheme where she lives.

Mrs Mason, 66, lives in Elizabeth House, Moyne Close, which is run by Guinness Care and Support, and has organised a huge variety of fundraising events and activities for residents.

She was delighted last week when she learned her efforts had been recognised with a Guinness Care and Support STAR award, nominated by her fellow residents, including John Brosnan, who is pictured with her.

She said: “It took a few days for the news to sink in.This is the first time anything like this has happened to me and it does feel really strange – but lovely to know people are appreciative of what I do.”

Mrs Mason, who received a trophy and a cheque for £100, organises regular coffee mornings and lunches, as well as card afternoons and seasonal events such as pancake parties. The money raised at the scheme is used to subsidise trips and other events for the residents.

She said: “I like to enjoy myself and I like to see other people enjoying themselves.

“I’m always trying to think of different ideas and when I see people have a good time it makes it all worthwhile.

“None of it would happen without support from Guinness Care and Support staff and all the other residents here.”

Sheltered scheme manager Marilyn Keegan said: “It was very quiet here before Jackie got involved. We had the occasional coffee morning but that was about it.

“Jackie does a huge amount of work, is always coming up with ideas and has really helped to transform the scheme. She keeps meticulous records of the money raised and how it is spent and everyone is really happy with everything she does.

“She thoroughly deserves this award.”

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