Lifetime commitment – Keith Horsfall

gsl-awardEach year at our annual Dudley Volunteer Awards, one of the amazing volunteers who has been nominated is chosen to receive the prestigious Gordon Lindsay Award for Long Service. Recipients are people who’ve made a lifetime commitment to volunteering.

The volunteers who are nominated and recognised for this award, all have one very special thing in common – they have all volunteered for at least 25 years.

This award is made in memory of Dudley CVS’s late Chairman, Gordon Lindsay, who’d made a lifetime commitment to volunteering including scouting, setting up and running a social club for people with disabilities, and many other roles.

Why not think if you know a volunteer who’s given a lifelong commitment to volunteering?

Main Award – Keith Horsfall

Keith Horsfall is a committed champion of the arts. Whether supporting, mentoring or developing through the work of charities or being the driving force behind a range of community arts organisation, his passion and enthusiasm is infectious and he seeks to make a real difference across the arts communities as a whole. From his extensive work with various youth orchestras, bands and choirs he has travelled throughout many parts of the world including Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. He has been the director of several major festivals and was Artistic Director for the visit of the Queen to Dudley in 1994.He was Community Cultural Engagement Producer for the Birmingham leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

read the full nomination here: GORDON LINDSAY Keith Horsfall

This nomination film tells us about Keith’s many voluntary activities and you will see why the panel made the unanimous decision to grant him our most prestigious award:

Here’s a photo of Keith receiving his award from the Mayor and Viv Astling OBE Deputy Lieutenant.

Here’s a list of the outstanding volunteers who’ve received this award since its inception:

2017 Keith Horsfall Gig Caritas, Leaps and Bounds, Black Country Radio, Black Country Arts Council, Black Country Festival.
2016 Dave Brownhill Black Country Radio/Dudley Hospital Radio/Black Country Festival
2015 Alan Hallman Friends of Black Country Living Museum
2014 Heather Cruickshanks Guiding Association
2013 Chris Rich Friends of Priory Park
2012 Bob Fowkes Halesowen Athletic & Cycling Club
2011 Doreen Collins Parkinson’s Disease Association
2010 Annie Miles Lodge Farm Estate
2009 Rosemary Oakley Summerhill Community Association
2008 Mary Barker Action for Disabled People and Carers
2007 Bob Sandall High Acres Woodcraft Folk
2006 Doreen Harper British Polio Fellowship
2005 June Bowen 3rd Brierley Hill [St Michael’s] Scouts
2004 Colin Timbrell Age Concern Halesowen
2003 Dorothy Rowe Brook Parent & Toddler Group