RECEIVING a pat on the back and recognition for your efforts makes everyone feel special and appreciated and that was the intention when a Dispatch Rose was presented to our latest recipient.
Jim Radburn is the founder member and leading light of the Carers In Hucknall group which has been running for a decade and owes much of its success and longevity to its committed chairman.
It was one of the members, supported by the group, who nominated Jim for the Rose and presented it to him on Tuesday at their meeting at Hucknall’s library.
“Jim is a fantastic guy and the work he does makes him special,” said Elsie Nicholls of Lancaster Road. “It’s very difficult at times to be a carer for someone and having this group to turn to and Jim for support gives you a purpose and makes it easier.”
The group was formed to offer help, advice and companionship to those people who care for others - something Jim feels passionately about after caring for his wife who suffered from Alzheimer’s before she died five years ago.
Now Jim turns his time and effort into supporting others who find themselves in similar situations.
“I was completely gobsmacked when the Dispatch photographer walked into the room holding a rose,” said Jim, of Avon Avenue. “I jokingly said ‘Is that for me?’ and when she said yes I couldn’t believe it.
“I was completely stunned, which is unusual for me, but it is a lovely token of appreciation.”
“Caring can be very isolating but I tell new members ‘you’re not alone now’” added the 62 year-old.If you would like to join the group, call Jim on 0115 9530746.
If you know of someone who is a worthy recipient of our Rose award, which is kindly sponsored by Terzza’s Florists on Watnall Road, then call Jackie at the Dispatch on 01623 450308 or email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.