Jack Poole has been a volunteer at SEARCH - a hands-on centre for history and natural sciences - in Gosport for many years, helping with family events and inspiring younger museum visitors.
Jack was a huge hit at SEARCH’s recent Museums at Night event where he posed for over two hours as a museum mannequin, standing still then giving visitors a fright by suddenly moving. Not an easy task for a 90 year old!
Last year,SEARCH manager Wendy Redman nominated Jack for the Local Hero category of the Churchill Awards, a special awards scheme which honours the work and achievements of the over 65s in all areas of society in the UK. The Local Hero award was voted for by listeners to Wave FM, and Jack was their winner.
On Tuesday 14 March, Jack and Wendy attended a celebratory lunch at The Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, where they rubbed shoulders with other award winners. These included Dame Barbara Windsor, Julian Lloyd Webber, Angela Rippon, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Barry Cryer, amongst others.
Many congratulations to Jack for winning this incredible award and a big thank you from everyone at Hampshire Culutral Trust for your years of dedication and commitment to volunteering.