Seahorse Swimming Club Volunteer Michael Roberts was given a surprise at the Club’s Christmas party, when he was awarded a glass plaque by the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis, for his 50 years voluntary service with Seahorse, which caters for people with disabilities.
Michael, a former rail worker, started volunteering at Seahorse in 1965 and has had several roles on the Club’s committee including Chairman. While working on the railway as an engine cleaner, before becoming a fireman and then advancing to be an engine driver, he got involved with railway charity work, which supported veteran rail workers. Michael, has also served as Chairman of the Emmie Dixon Home, a residential care home for people with disabilities in Crewe.
In 1996, Michael was given recognition for his charity work when he was awarded the British Empire Medal. He retired from the railway in 1999 after over 30 years’ service. In 2002/03, he took up office as Mayor of the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council. During his Mayoral year, the Mayor’s Charity supported the Diabetic Society, the Air, Sea and Army Cadets in Crewe and Seahorse Swimming Club.
“It was fitting for the Club to recognise Michael's work and loyalty. He has showed terrific commitment, and as well as encouraging the swimmers during their weekly sessions, he has influenced many people to join the Club as volunteers. He continues to have a role on the pool side and currently serves as vice chairman.” – Gareth Roberts, Secretary.
Photo - Michael being presented with his award by the Mayor of Crewe Town Council.