Pictured (L-R) Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, Jim Moore and Nina Arwitz, CEO, Volunteer Ireland. Photo: Lensmen

An 86-year-old man was nominated for a Charity Impact award for the community work he does with Friends of the Elderly.

Jim Moore has volunteered with the charity for the past 18 years, having first turned to the charity following retirement and the passing of his wife.

In the past 18 years, the Finglas native has taken on a number of roles in the community charity, including being a mentor to interns, fundraising activities, working in its charity shop, acting as a ‘befriender’ in its social club, and taking on other roles within Friends of the Elderly.

Jim is the oldest volunteer in Friends of the Elderly, with the charity saying that “without fail, he is up and ready and willing to take on the day with great gusto”.

He was nominated for the National Community Hero Award at the Charity Impact Awards organised by The Wheel, which were held recently in the Mansion House.

In nominating Jim for the award, a spokesperson for Friends of the Elderly said: “Over the past 18 years he has remained dedicated and loyal and when he sometimes tires of particular roles he likes to switch to offer help in new areas and this gives him a new energy.

“He never misses his shift and remains flexible around his other volunteering roles which he currently has, such as with his own community in Finglas in the church and the bingo hall.

“His current role is in our charity shop on Friday and Saturday and the customers love him.”

They also mentioned that Jim is an inspiration to other volunteers, having encouraged a number of their current members to join the Friends of the Elderly social club.

Friends of the Elderly added: “Jim is always offering friendly advice and sharing his life experiences with our overseas volunteers, who take a real interest in Irish culture.”

Unfortunately, Jim missed out on winning the award – however, he was presented with a certificate in recognition of his nomination and the hard work he does in the local community.

Previously, Jim was shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland awards earlier this year in the Social Work and Social Inclusion category, narrowly missing out on the top prize.

Jim also volunteered at the old Church of the Annunciation and Odeons wood day care centre.