Local fundraiser Dot Chapman has been presented with a special gold badge from LIVES First Responders for her tireless support over the years.
Dot organises regular bingo nights and raffles at the Hospital Club in Louth, and has raised over £10,000 for LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) over the last four years.
Only twelve gold badges have ever been awarded by LIVES, which has operated in Lincolnshire for over forty years.
Stephen Hyde, fundraising and marketing manager at LIVES, went to receive a £1700 cheque from Dot at one of her bingo sessions last month. He then surprised her by presenting her with the gold badge in front of the crowd of around 80 people.
Stephen said: “Dot is a wonderful lady, and she has championed our cause with all her hard work, so the award is well deserved. She is an all-round good egg.
“We are extremely gratefu;l to Dot, as she almost single-handedly keeps us running!
“We have only ever handed out 12 gold badges, and the recipients are decided by LIVES trustees. Needless to say, they were unanimously in favour of Dot receiving the award.
“Dot is well known in the town, for her fundraising work and her involvement with the Louth Methodist ladies group. She also worked as an ice cream van driver until just a few years ago.
“The money that she has raised will go towards equipment that will benefit Louth and the surrounding area.
“It will also help train new volunteers and help towards our general running costs.”
LIVES First Responders are appealing for new volunteers. Visit www.lives.org.uk/be-involved, or call 01507 525999 for more information.