A WOMAN who has volunteered for Ealing Mencap since 1958 has been described as the ‘key force’ behind the organisation.
Brenda Perks also cares for her sister, who has Down’s Syndrome, and her mum, and was nominated in the community champion category by Manpreet Roopra, the social enterprise and volunteer co-ordinator.
She said: “Brenda is the treasurer and all of Ealing Mencap benefits from her role and her work.
“Without her consistent hard work the organisation would not be here today.
“Brenda is the key force behind the organisation. She always ensures her work is completed to the highest of standards, has never let us down and never expects anything in return.
“She is also a full-time carer for her mum and works long hours in making sure the books always balance.”
Brenda, who lives in Surrey, said she became involved because her mother was a volunteer.
She said: “We got involved together and it also helped us as a family.
“Mencap is a fantastic organisation which helps and guides people as well as being very rewarding work.”
Brenda, who was regional adviser for London and the South East from 1985 to 1990, added: “You get to know the families and get such good feedback.”