Well done to volunteer Sarah O’Connor, who was a finalist in the Supervalu Superstar awards in November.
Sarah was nominated in the ‘Unsung Superstar’ category, which was presented at a dazzling ceremony at Titanic Hotel hosted by TV personality Pamela Ballantine.
Sarah is a familiar face in our Belfast office, where she volunteers every Monday in an administrative role. She also volunteers for our Befriending Service, visiting two elderly Deaf ladies who use Sign Language.
Despite being a busy mum, Sarah finds the time to visit these two ladies whose frailty and complex health issues mean they don’t go out anymore. Because of her regular reports, we delivered Hearing Health training - including the BSL fingerspelling alphabet and some basic signs - to the care home where one of Sarah’s befriendees lives. This lady was feeling very lonely but thanks to Sarah staff now feel more confident about communicating with her.
Sarah said: “The event was so beautiful, I was surprised and speechless when they called my name to give me a certificate. It was a lovely night – thanks to Kathy for nominating me and coming with me.”
Kathy McCann, Regional Volunteer Manager, said: “Without volunteers like Sarah we wouldn’t be able to support older people living with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss and reduce the isolation and loneliness they experience. Sarah shows great empathy and commitment to her role as a volunteer and I’m delighted she was shortlisted for this award – she really is a superstar.”