WINNER: Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman is an individual who puts everything into ensuring people of age remain active and a part of their local communities which is evident in his commitment to helping local community groups particularly for older gentlemen.
Whether giving talks to the Men United Group at Halifax RUFC or helping provide regular woodwork sessions at the Phoenix Shed at Threeways where he is heavily involved as the groups trustee, those closest to him would agree that the award for the Contribution to the Older Generation is quite fitting.
In July 2017, Chris also took part in a row at Lake Windermere for St Gemma’s Hospice and despite his rowing crew being a man short they still managed to pull off an outstanding double which saw him and his team win a 10 mile row by 8 minutes and then a 21 mile row by a staggering 56 minutes which became part of their 12th consecutive win.
Chris was involved in making rudders for the St Gemma’s Hospice row along with the men from the Phoenix Shed at Threeways and together they managed to make 18 rudders in just 13 weeks.
Other projects Chris has been involved with along with the Phoenix Shed include making the pieces for flat packed bird boxes which were then put together by Junior Wardens from local schools and can now be found around parks such as Shrogg’s and Beechwood.
Chris is a caring individual who is always happy to go above and beyond for his community and the older generation.