Fundraiser wins Community Hero award for decades of inspirational volunteering
2nd March 2016
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A volunteering stalwart who has been a charity fundraiser for nearly 30 years is the winner of this month’s Community Hero award.

Marilyn Nolan, 69, from Newhaven, began collecting money for the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) after her mother suffered sight problems.

She became a Sooty box volunteer almost three decades ago and has since raised thousands of pounds for the charity by collecting, recording and banking donations from RNIB boxes located across her local area.

Her other work in the community includes being treasurer and tea lady for Denton and South Heighton Junior Football Club for 10 years; being a treasurer for Meridian Mature Citizens; and helping at Seaford Musical Theatre. She also regularly bakes cakes for local fundraising events.

In the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List this year Marilyn was honoured with a British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the community in Newhaven.

Marilyn, a grandmother, said: “I get huge satisfaction from keeping busy and getting involved. You don’t need lots of skills, just the willingness to devote your time.”

She also works part-time as a nursery administrator at Sussex Community Development Association.

Marilyn’s work was praised by Charlene Saunders, Marketing Manager at Welbeing, the specialist provider of independent living services which sponsors the Community Hero Award with the Sussex Express.

The award honours unsung local heroes who help make their community a better place to live.

Charlene said: “Marilyn has given up so much of her spare time over the years to improve the lives of other people. She is inspirational and exemplifies the meaning of being a caring community volunteer.”

To nominate someone for the Community Hero award, email with details of who you are nominating and why they deserve it. Award winners receive dinner for two at a local restaurant of their choice.

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