Mencap volunteer named first winner in our Unsung Hero search

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

Mencap volunteer named first winner in our Unsung Hero search

A volunteer who always goes ‘above and beyond’ is the first winner in our search for the area’s ‘Unsung Heroes’.

Colin Freer, who runs the Monday Club programme at Maidenhead Mencap, was nominated by Maidenhead Ladies Circle and Maidenhead Round Table for his passion, commitment and ‘super star DJ skills’.

The Advertiser has teamed up with the Pinkneys Arms pub in Lee Lane, Maidenhead to search for people in the community who are overdue a bit of recognition.

Colin, from Furze Platt, is the first winner of the search, and will be treated to a three-course dinner as a thank you for his hard work.

The 71-year-old said: “It’s great to be the first winner and be recognised.

“The ladies at Maidenhead Ladies Circle are great and always run the teas at the Monday Club.

“I always thank the volunteers and I know they are thankful for what I do, it’s nice to be recognised.”

Colin, who is a retired engineer, got involved with Maidenhead Mencap after his son Darren was born with learning difficulties.

He is in charge of running the programme which includes outings, discos, guest speakers and games evenings.

Nominating Colin, Maidenhead Ladies Circle said: “Colin’s an absolute pleasure to work with and we’re proud to support the programme he runs. He goes above and beyond every week to bring fun to the members – plus we’ve witnessed his super star DJ and bingo calling skills during those evenings.”

If you would like to nominate an ‘unsunghero’ for next month, write to assistant editor Nicola Hine, stating the name of the person you wish to nominate and why, together with their contact details if possible.Send your nominations to or Newspaper House, 48 Bell Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1HX.

The meal can be enjoyed on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but must be claimed within two months of the winner being contacted.

You only need to write in once, and one winner will be picked in the first week of each month.

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