Two remarkable local older people have been honoured for their hard work, tireless dedication and commitment in the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards.
Eighty-year-old Trevor Monteith – a volunteer with Carrickfergus Gateway Club – won Unsung Hero, while 77-year-old Maud McKitterick from Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church was highly commended in the same category. Trevor will now join five other Northern Ireland charities to compete in London for Charity of the Year in October.
Trevor was chosen as he has dedicated his life to helping those with a disability. He has spent more than 30 years volunteering with the Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway Club. He is now the club president and is the one person that everyone turns to for help and advice. He was heavily involved in the set-up of the new supported living schemes, so much so, that a room in one of the schemes has been named after him, recognising the effort he put into the projects. Meanwhile Maud McKitterick has been named a “hero” by the team at Mountpottinger Church, where she has been involved in the organisation’s afterschool activities programme for the past 12 years.
She is responsible for setting up the room, preparing the snacks for the children, as well as helping them with their homework.
The church revealed that she is always the last to leave, she skips with the children, and has even been known to play uni-hockey with them.
Well done Maud and Trevor!