‘Unsung hero’ steps down from activity project

Roy 'Unsung Hero of Ripon' Oscar Awaard
Roy 'Unsung Hero of Ripon' Oscar Awaard

Ripon’s ‘unsung hero’ and long time Ripon volunteer, the Rev Roy Freeman has announced his retirement from Ripon Activity Project.

The long standing volunteer for RAP has retired after more than 16 years continuous voluntary service.

Rev Freeman joined RAP as chairman in 1995 just a year after it had been formed.

He continued in the role until 2003 when he handed the reins to present chairman Jerry Anderson and changed hats to become treasurer.

He continued in the role until his retirement this month.

In November last year, Rev Freeman won the Unsund Hero of Ripon Award at the Ackrill Media Group’s Volunteer Oscar Awards.

The nomination stated Rev Freeman had not only held office for RAP but had also been an active volunteer joining in with activities and supporting members. RAP Chairman, Mr Anderson said Rev Freeman would be missed.

RAP is a voluntary organisation, which provides a range activities for adults with disabilities.

The group meets at the Youth Centre in Outwood Academy on the second Saturday morning of each month There are about 26 members of RAP and 4 regular volunteers.

Mr Anderson, said, “I would thoroughly recommend volunteering to anybody.”

Anybody interested in volunteering can contact 01423 780315 or 01765 607795.