A DEDICATED pensioner who has notched up an impressive 1,000 hours as a volunteer walk leader has been rewarded.
Dave Scott, 73, volunteered for Hartlepool Borough Council’s Walk About In Hartlepool programme when it began in 2011, and since then has led hundreds of walks around the borough, introducing people to walking for fitness and pleasure.
To mark his milestone, Dave was presented with a Hartlepool Council Volunteer Award by Louise Wallace, the council’s director of public health, at Summerhill country park, where some of Dave’s walks take place.
She said: “Congratulations to Dave on this outstanding achievement. Without volunteers like him we would not be able to provide programmes like Walk About In Hartlepool.
“The benefits of walking in a group are well proven – not just in terms of improving your fitness but also the social aspects too. Dave is an excellent ambassador for this and it’s no surprise that his walks are so popular – we need more people like him.”
Dave added: “I had never previously thought of volunteering, but once you get into it it gives you a real boost and a sense of achievement – you are helping other people and by getting out and about you are helping yourself as well.
“I really enjoy it – the council’s Sport and Recreation Team is very friendly and I meet lots of nice people. If you haven’t considered volunteering before, I would certainly recommend it.”
For more information about the walks programme, including the full timetable, search for Walk About In Hartlepool at www.hartlepool.gov.uk
To find out about volunteering, contact sport & physical activity officer Rachael Graham on (01429) 284052 or firstname.lastname@example.org