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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Campaigner Peter makes shortlist for top award

John Manning

Published 26/11/2013 | 05:32

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Peter Boyd. Photo: Breffini Hall

A BALBRIGGAN man that has worked tirelessly campaigning on behalf of people living with arthritis, has been shortlisted for an award at this year's Volunteer Ireland Awards.

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Peter Boyd has been nominated in the Health and Disability Category and is one of 31 volunteers on the shortlist in Ireland's major annual volunteer recognition event.

An overall Volunteer of the Year and ten category winners will be announced on Thursday, December 5, in Dublin City Hall at a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony supported by Panadol and hosted by RTE presenter, Keelin Shanley.

Peter Boyd has volunteered with Arthritis Ireland for over four years. He provides vital help and support on the organisation's phone helpline twice a week.

He also runs the Young Arthritis Network (for 18-45 year olds) in Dublin and organises social events that give people with the disease an opportunity to meet up throughout the year and talk with one another, gain friendships and give each other support.

In Dublin, he also runs a walking group and teaches a 'Living Well with Arthritis' course. As if that is not enough, he also volunteers with children with juvenile arthritis.

Peter, along with Arthritis Ireland, brought a large group of teenagers on a weekend activity 'road trip' this summer, which gave them vital tools to cope with their illness.

Claire Kinneavy who nominated Peter for a Volunteer Ireland award said: 'As a young person with arthritis and fibromyalgia, Peter devotes a lot of his spare time to helping others with his inspirational writing, helpline skills, public-speaking and as a youth leader, a walking leader and a self-management leader.

'He is funny, hard-working, motivating and a great role model for others with the disease.'

Fingal Volunteer Centre Manager, Stuart Garland, congratulated people who were nominated. He said that the number of nominations had more than doubled on last year and included a very wide range of people from all corners of the country.

Mr. Garland said: 'We have received some really incredible stories about inspirational people in every part of the country. Given this, it is a huge achievement to make the shortlist.'

For more information on the awards and nominees, visit www.volunteer.ie.

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