Shirley Kay, North Midlands RDA Regional Volunteer of the Year 2017!(October 21, 2017)
Shirley Kay is the Regional Volunteer of the Year for North Midlands Region this year as she was presented the trophy by Clarissa Howkins Regional Chairman on Thursday 19th October 2017 at Grimsby alongside Cleethorpes & Grimsby RDA Group.
Shirley was a founder member of Cleethorpes & Grimsby RDA, helping to set the group up over 30 years ago. Shirley was fundamental to the setting up of the group as a formal RDA Group and in setting up the required internal structures.
Over the years she has dedicated herself to the group tirelessly. She ran the Group’s 6 riding sessions over 2 days, giving her time and valuable knowledge to many, many riders over the years. Shirley developed links with many local organisations and charities giving talks about the RDA and coaching all of which helped enormously in the much needed raising of the funds needed to run the Group. In addition her positivity helped in raising the profile of both the Group but also that of the needs of disabled people in the area. The group has gone from strength to strength thanks to Shirley's continually support.
The Group is now in a good financial position as a result of Shirley’s work. This means that the Cleethorpes & Grimsby RDA Group is able to plan for the next few years on a sound financial footing.
She is the most patience and understanding person, you always feel special when she deals with you.
Shirley has been the rock on which the Group has been built, always there for the riders and for the other Trustees and volunteers. She has had to overcome many obstacles in her personal life (losing her husband and overcoming a severe illness in recent years) but even during these incredibly hard times she still kept the group together. Her knowledge and experience is always welcome even though she has semi-retired from the group she is still there to give advice when needed.
Without Shirley the group would not be as strong as it is. She has been a leading personality for the group. She has helped the group compete at National Championships for the last 12 years.
As she is now in her 80's she has stepped down from organising the group but still comes and teaches and gives advice and is President of the Group.
Shirley has never been nominated for this award. It would be amazing if now she has semi-retired that she receives this award in recognition of her tireless work to the RDA.