Bardwell’s Angie, 49, shortlisted for award

Angie Underwood has been shortlisted for a sports volunteer award ANL-151115-191719009
Angie Underwood has been shortlisted for a sports volunteer award ANL-151115-191719009

A Bardwell lady has been shortlisted for a major volunteering award after having her own sporting career hampered by health problems.

Angie Underdown, 49, who suffered a heart attack at an athletics event three years ago, has always been a highly-active individual with a passion for sport.

Since getting involved with the Community Action Suffolk project in 2012, as part of the Suffolk Paralympic Flame Celebrations, she has continued to support a range of sporting and cultural events across Suffolk.

Underdown, who is one of very few volunteers from West Suffolk, has found that helping out has allowed her to stay active and involved in local community events.

“I’ve been volunteering for about 10 years but since I had my heart attack three years ago I’ve upped the amount of volunteering which I do,” she said.

“It’s about inspiring others to volunteer and help out. There’s so much on offer and we are not just talking about sporting events.

“I was shocked to be shortlisted but I love helping out and there’s no better feeling when you are on the sidelines giving other people encouragement.”

She enjoys the camaraderie from supporting events and the opportunity to take on new challenges.

Some of the recent events that she has supported include, Resolution Run (Stroke Association), Ickworth 10K, Special Olympics Suffolk (Athletics), Stonham Dog Extravaganza, Suffolk Show (Sports Zone) and, more recently, the Aviva Women’s Tour.

She has also provided a highly-valued contribution to ongoing developments to the Sport and Event Volunteering Project.

Forthcoming events that Underwood is set to support include, Suffolk Dog Day, Dig Deep Running Festival and Suffolk’s Whole Hog.

To vote for her, visit: http://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/2015/11/09/vote-for-the-most-inspiring-volunteer-story/