Special award for Haverhill foodbank volunteer

Ben Mayes with his special comendation award. ANL-160404-160545001
Ben Mayes with his special comendation award. ANL-160404-160545001

A partially sighted man from Haverhill has been given a special commendation award for the work he carries out for the town’s foodbank.

Ben Mayes, who also has learning difficulties, was recognised for his volunteering with REACH in Falconer Road during the High Sheriff Awards for Suffolk recently.

The 39-year-old was presented with a certificate - which had been produced in braille - by The High Sheriff, Judith Shallow.

Ben was nominated for the awards by Henry Wilson, the projects director at REACH, who also accompanied him to the ceremony at the Museum of Eastern Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

“Ben has been coming to us twice a week for a couple of years to help pack boxes for the foodbank and he loves doing it,” said Henry.

“He sees it as his job and it was a very proud moment when he got the award. To get the certificate in braille as well was really quite moving.”

Henry said that Ben was the perfect example of what REACH, which strives to reduce poverty and increase aspirations, does.

“To know how much Ben values helping is superb, it is what we are all about,” he said.

“We help people who are marginalised and will give anybody an opportunity if they want to contribute and get involved.”