Margaret’s dedication for club sees her named Best Volunteer at We Can Do It Awards

Margaret Taylor, who was named Best Volunteer at The News We Can Do It awards Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-59)
Margaret Taylor, who was named Best Volunteer at The News We Can Do It awards Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-59)
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DEDICATING her time to a charity which is close to her heart saw Margaret Taylor come out on top at The News We Can Do It awards.

Margaret, who has been helping with the Portchester Blind Club for more than 20 years, was named winner in the Best Volunteer category.

I can’t believe it. I never expected it and it was just a huge shock.

Margaret Taylor

The 75-year-old started as a member of the club in the 1990s as she had problems with her eyes.

But after experiencing the important work it does, she wanted to help out and now makes cushions, pickles and art boxes for the club to sell.

She helps with days out the club holds by making packed lunches.

After winning Best Volunteer, Margaret, who lives in Portchester, was speechless.

She said: ‘I can’t believe it. I never expected it and it was just a huge shock.

‘I thought it was great just to be nominated so to win was amazing. This award is for all the volunteers who help out.

‘Without them clubs don’t run very well so this represents all the hard work volunteers do.

‘The club is very important to me and without them, I would just be sat on my own so I like to give something back to them.’

Margaret thanked the doctors and nurses at Queen Alexandra Hospital and Southampton General Hospital for helping the members at the group.

She added: ‘They are fantastic and help us a lot.

‘The work they do is brilliant.’

The We Can Do It awards, held on Sunday at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, say thank you to the unsung heroes in the community.

Hosted by Wave 105 presenter Steve Power, the awards also had entertainment from the South Downe Musical Society and The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay.

Margaret added: ‘The awards were very enjoyable. It was a lovely day.’

A winner and runner-up were announced from the six nominees in 10 categories.

Runner-up for Best Volunteer was David Cockshoot.

David has been volunteering for groups in Fareham for a number of years, raising money and holding events.