The charity, which works to make sure that elderly people are supported so that they can live the lives they wish to lead, has been nominated for the “Small Charity, Big Achiever” Award.
Speaking following the announcement, Jo Evans, BEM, Founder and Charity Manager of Rotherfield St Martin said:
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a 2015 Third Sector Award – the year of our tenth anniversary! We believe that no older person should feel lonely and that community-led support can keep older people happier, healthier and in their own homes for longer. If we were to win this award, it would help us to support other communities to develop similar projects.
The Third Sector Awards are one of the charity sector’s most high profile awards. Rotherfield St Martin (RSM) has been shortlisted along with five others in the small charity category:
Rotherfield St Martin is a community led charity with a christian ethos that supports isolated older people in rural communities. We work with over 350 of the most vulnerable members of our community to ensure that no older person in our village feels lonely or marginalised. RSM is a low cost model thanks to a network of over 140 local volunteers who help the RSM team to run drop in centre, exercise classes, charity shop, social events, clubs (eg ‘knitting and nattering’, bridge and table tennis), benefits advice, trips out therapies and bereavement support.
Wealden MP Nus Ghani has expressed her delight following the news:
Everyone in Rotherfield and Wealden should be extremely proud that Rotherfield St Martin has been nominated for this high-profile award, which is a just reward for all the hard work of everyone at the charity. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good news in September.
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 24th September. For more information about Rotherfield St Martin see their website: www.rotherfieldstmartin.org.uk.