George wins the hearts of judges

114202-9830 WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: Best Volunteer''Award: Winner''(left to right) The News' Features Editor Simon toft with George Boyden (84)'''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9830)
114202-9830 WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: Best Volunteer''Award: Winner''(left to right) The News' Features Editor Simon toft with George Boyden (84)'''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9830)
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WITH a tear in his eye, George Boyden came to the stage to collect his award as Best Volunteer.

Caring George, 84, has been lending a helping hand at the Emsworth House care home for the past five-and-a-half years.

George, of South Road, Horndean, helps around the home by filling up water jugs, closing curtains, opening windows, getting items from the shops for people, running a tea trolley service and keeping people company.

He was put forward by manager Melanie Brodison, who describes him as the icing on the cake.

George said: ‘I’m pleased for my manager as she gave me this opportunity to work.

‘I’m very glad to know I’m appreciated. It’s very overwhelming.’

George first came into contact with the home when his late wife Gwen lived there.

That’s when he started his voluntary work, which just grew and grew.

Melanie said: ‘Everyone at the home will be delighted that George has won. He works so hard and is well-loved.’

Coming a close second was Scout leader Chris Bowen. He is determined to raise £60,000 in order to build a new hut for the 64th Portsmouth Scouts group, who meet in St Swithun’s Church, Waverley Road, Southsea.