Gladys, 83, wins national charity award

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The amazing efforts of Horncastle fundraiser Gladys Tingle have been officially recognised.

The 83-year-old was among 250 guests who celebrated the best and brightest of the air ambulance world at a glittering award ceremony in London.

And Gladys had a night to remember as she picked up one of the most prestigious awards as charity volunteer of the year.

Gladys, who has raised thousands for the Air Ambulance service over the years, said: “I was very proud and very honoured.

“It was a very posh do. There were a lot of important people there and they even took the napkins off the table and put them on your lap.”

Gladys was nominated by officials at the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance who helped make sure that along with her husband, she reached the event safely.

She added: “When they told me they were putting my name forward it was a surprise. I never expected to win anything. It was amazing.”

Gladys has been fundraising for the air ambulance for more than 10 years, taking part in a number of walks and runs.

She still trains every morning - no matter what the weather.

And, she has no plans to hang up her walking shoes just yet. She’s already entered the Lincoln 10K event next March and it will be held on the day of her 84th birthday! If that’s not enough, she also hopes to compete in the Great North Run.

She added: “I’ve no plans to give up. It keeps me fit and active. Anyway, what else would I do?”

The awards were handed over by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin to outstanding individuals and teams whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling.

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges and they went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers .

The enthusiastic audience listened to the remarkable stories of each shortlisted nominee, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said: “I can safely say that our job this year was made incredibly hard by both the number and the high quality of the entries.

“The exceptional skills, care and devotion of all those who were nominated was amazing and humbling to all of the judges, and for many categories we said what a shame it was that there can be only one winner.”

“On behalf of the judges I would like to thank all those who made a nomination, congratulate every single nominee, and salute the winners.”