A dedicated centre manager has won a national award for 21 years of work with disabled and older people.
Irene Moore received a British Citizen Award for services to the community at a ceremony at the House of Lords last week.
The 72-year-old has worked at the Hoskyn Centre at Hamilton House, in Bilton Road, Rugby, for 21 years.
The centre is a meeting place for older and disabled people and provides meals, bingo, keep fit, transport services and company for visitors.
Irene, of Lower Hillmorton Road, said she was delighted to receive the award.
“I was very surprised to hear I had been nominated but it was lovely.
“There are so many people all over the country who do amazing work so I was even more surprised when I won it.
“I was very proud and honoured to receive the award and felt I was accepting it on behalf of the centre and the members.”
The British Citizen Awards recognise hard-working people from a variety of backgrounds.
Irene was nominated by Ann Pilling, whose husband Kingsley uses the centre twice a week.
Irene said: “It was very kind of Ann to nominate me and she came with me to the ceremony. It was a fantastic day.
“It’s lovely for the centre and members to get recognition and hopefully it will help us with fundraising.
“We fight to raise funds so we can maintain our transport service for members. It’s a really important part of what we do and it offers independence and freedom to people with a personal touch.”
The Hoskyn Centre is completely self-funded and relies on donations from the community.
After caring for elderly relatives, Irene said her work came very naturally to her.
“I’d just retired from a job in retail when I started at the centre and it just felt right,” she said.
“The people at the centre are always interesting to talk to and have some great stories.
“It’s so important to get people together and stop them feeling lonely. We want people to know that there’s life outside of age and disability.”
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Hoskyn Centre can call (01788) 542 397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org