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Hello my friends,
Well, i'm not sure where to start because i truely am very shocked about this. I'm sure a lot of you already know that i'm a Community Champion here on Scope, even though i do keep quiet about this as much as possible I'm the sort of person that "likes to keep quiet" lol
Well a few days before i moved house i received a letter from Scope telling me that i have been nominated by @Sam_Scope for 2 annual awards. The first award is Empowering others award, for volunteers supporting and empowering disabled people and/or their families. The 2nd award is Scope's volunteer of the year award! It has taken my quite a few days to get over the shock and think whether or not i should post this on the forum. Finally i decided that "yes, i should share this happy news because i'm delighted to hear that i have been thought of in this special way" When i opened the letter and read it i couldn't believe my eyes and actually had to read it about 10 times, then pass it onto my eldest daughter because i thought i was imagining it.
I just want you all to know that i don't ever expect any special thank you's for the time i spend advising people here. I just do it because i know how difficult, complicated and extremely stressful the benefit system is. There's so many people out there that are struggling to claim the benefits they are entitled to and to begin with i thought if i can just help one person claim the benefits they are entitled to then i'm happy. Little did i realise at the time that, that one person has most likely gone onto be hundreds and that makes me so happy.
I'm never really very good with words but i'm totally blown away by this letter and i still can't quite believe it.
I've made some really lovely friends on here since i became a Community Champion and i would hate to think of life without all of you.
Whether i win or not makes no difference at all because being nominated has made my week!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.