Seventy-two-year-old Norma Owen has been recognised for her tireless charity work and work within the Onchan community.
Onchan resident Norma is a dedicated charity worker, helps with fundraising and social events at Onchan Church, and on top of that works part-time at Douglas company Thomas Miller Investment.
She has volunteered with various charities over the years but is now mainly involved with the Onchan Live at Home scheme, which aims to improve the quality of life for older people in the island by providing care, friendship, accommodation and support services.
She has been a committee member since its inception in 2003 and for the last couple of years has helped with fundraising events.
Norma also helps at St Peter’s Church in Onchan and has been involved with the church since she moved to the village 40 years ago. In particular, she helps organise a monthly Sunday lunch for residents who would like companionship.
Her volunteer work has been recognised and she has been nominated in the Community Champion category of Isle of Man Newspapers’ Pride in Mann Awards.
Friend of 18 years and former work colleague Lara Barnes nominated Norma for the award. She said she is ‘amazing’ and is always there for anyone who needs a helping hand.
‘Norma is an amazing lady! Despite being over 70, she is still working part-time and is involved endlessly with various charities, schools and Onchan Church. She is always happy to help anyone in need, whatever the task, and works tirelessly to help others.
‘Norma always has a smile on her face and is eager to help whoever she can. Her contribution to the organisations she is involved in is invaluable.
‘I am sure that many others would agree an award to acknowledge Norma for her wonderful efforts is long overdue.’
Norma said she was ‘overwhelmed’ to be nominated. ‘It’s really lovely! I don’t know what to say, I’m a bit gobsmacked,’ she said.