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Top award for unsung hero Tony is very richly deserved

Editor's Viewpoint

Tony Quinn, who is 49 and has Down's syndrome, has been turning up for the past decade to carry out his role at Whiterock Leisure Centre.

He does all kinds of work, ranging from assisting fitness instructors to office duties, and in doing so he has become a popular and familiar figure at the centre.

His positive attitude is commendable and is summed up by his remark: "I am so proud of what I have been able to do and to be involved in the community and with the team here."

Tony has been deservedly honoured by being named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Social Enterprise Awards.

He says that winning the award was the proudest moment of his life. And why not?

Tony has been one of the many unsung heroes in our society up to now, but this public recognition for his good work will certainly have the backing of everyone.

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