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.