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Lions’ hamper treat goes to a true inspiration

SOLIHULL Lions volunteers could not have been happier when they discovered who recently bagged their festive hamper prize.

SOLIHULL Lions volunteers could not have been happier when they discovered who recently bagged their festive hamper prize.

Inspirational Judy Massam scooped the bag of goodies after entering the Solihull Lions’ raffle, organised to help boost funds for the organisation.

Judy, aged 79, had both legs amputated when she was just 12 but has not let her disability stop her from leading a full and active life.

She has spent most of her life volunteering and raising money for good causes.

Following the birth of her children, Judy left paid employment and ran playgroups and senior citizens lunch clubs. She then joined the WRVS where she worked at Chelmsley Hospital, Marston Green (now Brooklands) for 20 years, raising thousands of pounds for equipment and benefits for the patients from running the tea bar and shop. For this she was awarded the British Empire Medal.

When the WRVS closed, Judy joined the West Midlands Federation of Women’s Institutes and has, for the past 23 years, been a trustee of the board and chairman of sport and leisure, organising sporting events for all the institutes.

She said: “I thank the Solihull Lions for the wonderful hamper prize I have just received and having been a volunteer for so long, appreciate all the hard work that they put into providing comforts for the community.”

Chairman of Solihull Lions, Alan James described Judy as an ‘inspiration.’ He added: “I feel we have never had such a deserving winner.”

 

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