A 92-year-old “legend” has won the British Heart Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
Roy Andrew, of Crawley, was selected for the charity’s (BHF) fundraisers’ award over hundreds of other volunteers across Sussex.
Roy said: “I am delighted to have been such a prestigious title as there are so many worthy volunteers who give their time to the BHF.
“I have made some wonderful friends and have so many lovely memories.”
Roy had volunteered for the charity for more than twenty years.
Roy used to work at the tills at the BHF shop in Queensway and continues to contribute to fundraising events for the BHF in town.
Kathrine Maynard, 34, community fundraising manager for the BHF, said Roy attends meetings of Crawley and Horsham BHF fundraising branch every month.
She said: “I am delighted that we can recognise Roy’s commitment.
“He is always at the forefront of all events and brings with him a superb sense of humour, he is a great character and shows a true dedication to the cause.”
The fundraisers included tin collections “come rain or shine”, music evenings, car boot sales, and family fun days.
Pound Hill Dance Club held a dance night in aid of BHF after Roy approached its members.
The club handed over some £350 it raised over a year to the charity in March.
Kathrine, who had known Roy for three years, added: “On behalf of the BHF and the millions of people in the UK who have been affected by heart disease I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to Roy for all his hard work, support and enthusiasm that he has shown as a BHF fundraising volunteer, a star, a legend and an inspiring gentleman, thank you.”
Roy encouraged others to volunteer for the charity and paid tribute to his fellow volunteers.
He said: “I would encourage anyone to volunteer for the BHF as it is such a rewarding experience and you get to meet the most fantastic and inspiring people.
“We also have lots of support as volunteers and there are lots of things you can do to get involved.”
The British Heart Foundation funds research into heart disease.
It was established in 1961.
Its first national ad campaign, a poster insert in national newspapers, happened in 1976.
It launched its website in 1998.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer.
For more information on how to volunteer or fundraise visit www.bhf.org.uk