Praise for volunteer Elma

A VOLUNTEER has been praised after being nominated for a top award.

Elma Welsh who is a member of Hartlepool Trefoil Guild,- which is a section of Girlguiding Cleveland for ex-leaders and retired members of guiding, was nominated for a Women’s Royal Voluntary Service Diamond Champion Award.

The prize is for anyone over the age of 60 involved in any form of volunteering.

Guild bosses say Elma gives up two days of her time every week and is always on hand to help out, so the leaders felt she was a worthy candidate.

Elma was shortlisted for the North-East and Cumbria region and attended an awards presentation in Auckland Castle, near Bishop Auckland.

The big-hearted volunteer did not get short-listed to the final 10 nominees to attend St James Palace in November, but she received a Diamond Champions pin badge.

A spokeswoman for the guild said: “She did not get short-listed, but she really enjoyed the day. Elma is a prime example of what makes a good volunteer and members of the Hartlepool division are so proud of her and the time she gives to Guiding.”

There were 4,597 nominees in the UK and four guiding nominees made it to the regional final.