Reward for literacy volunteer

Hazel Simms
Hazel Simms

A HUCKNALL pensioner has been honoured for 20 years of service, helping improve the reading and communication skills of children in the town.

HAZEL SIMMS (71), of North Hill Avenue, has been part of the Literacy Volunteers initiative for two decades at the Hucknall National Primary School on Montague Road. Twice a week, she listens to youngsters read, plays games and chats with them.

She says she “has loved every minute” and plans to continue volunteering for as long as possible. She has also been a member of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) for the last 20 years.

To celebrate Hazel’s long-running commitment to Literacy Volunteers, she was was presented with a bouquet of flowers, card and certificate by Coun Ken Knight, a Hucknall Labour councillor and vice-chairman of Ashfield District Council.

“I have worked with a lot of children,” said Hazel, who has been married to Malcolm for 51 years and has a daughter and two grandchildren. “I will carry on for as long as the school wants me.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Hazel being presented with her gifts by Coun Knight.