The Mary Arnold Award

Mrs Mary Arnold was a volunteer with the former Keighley and District Institution for the Blind and then Keighkey and District Association for the Blind for 47 years until her passing away in January 2000. Mrs Arnold was Centre Organiser of the Keighley Social Centre and a Committee Member since 1974.

The Committee of the Association decided to make an Annual Award in memory of Mary who was a strong believer in the work of volunteers and the valuable contribution they make to voluntary organisations. We are looking for nominations from a Registered sight impaired, a Friend of sight airedale telling us about a person who has given their time freely and without obligation and has made a difference to the life of a sight impaired or severely sight impaired person. That person may be a volunteer with another organisation who delivers services to the organisation.

Any relative or paid worker, such as Home Care, Social Worker G.P. etc would be excluded from the award.

Nominations are decided by an independent panel made up of members of the Keighley Lions Club.

All nominees receive a certificate which will be presented by the family of the late Mary Arnold, with the winner receiving the Mary Arnold Award and a replica  to keep.

Past winners of the Mary Arnold Award

  • 2000 - Dominic Mitchell
  • 2001 - Edna Shires
  • 2002 - Sandra Brigg
  • 2003 - Sybil Pye
  • 2004 - Nell Nicholson
  • 2005 - Emmi Bottomley
  • 2006 - Bill Smith
  • 2007 - Robert Nicholson
  • 2008 - Keith Parkin
  • 2009 - Elsie Altass
  • 2010 - Malcolm Midgley
  • 2011 - Carol Young
  • 2012 - Jo Turner
  • 2013 - Mabel Foster
  • 2014 - Marilyn Martin
  • 2015 - Joan Barrett

What's New

Wednesday 10 and 17 July from 10am to 3.30pm, 31 Scott Street, Keighley

Our living with sight loss courses gives people the opportunity to meet and chat with other people living with sight loss in a relaxed, informal environment. Our volunteer speakers, who are people living with sight loss, tell their stories and answer questions.

To mark our 110th Anniversary a new tactile map was unveiled at a special event held on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

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