Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Codsall Village Hall this weekend to present a Community Volunteer Award to a committed volunteer from Huntington.
The award, part of the South Staffordshire Volunteer Awards run by the South Staffordshire Council, honours and celebrates those who have made a huge difference to lives and communities around South Staffordshire.
The Community Volunteer Award this year honoured Jack Neville, a volunteer who gives up his morning each day to read to children at Littleton Green Primary School in Huntington. He orginally started his reading as part of the Children Matter project run by Age UK South Staffordshire which recruited and trained volunteers aged over 50 to help out in primary schools listening to children read.
Jack has previously been recognised by the charity itself and told Age UK how he really enjoys listening to the children and encouraging them to read.
Commenting on the award Gavin said: “I was absolutely delighted to hear about the work that Jack has done and donate this well deserved award. It is incredible to think that, even at over 90 years old, he has given up so much of his time, every day, to go into Littleton Green Primary and read to children there.
“Jack really does embody what it is to be a community volunteer. The South Staffordshire Volunteer Awards honoured so many deserving residents right across South Staffordshire who give up so much of their time and dedicate it to our communities and for that I would like to extend my deepest gratitude.”