King’s Lynn volunteer up for top national award

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A Lynn community stalwart whose work has saved council chiefs hundreds of thousands of pounds will travel to the House of Lords next week to find out if she has won a top award.

Lyn Barker, pictured above, has been nominated for a Foundations Unsung Hero award in recognition of her 20 years of work for the Careline community service.

Having previously served as a warden, Lyn, 71, now cleans, tests and reprogrammes personal alarms used by elderly and vulnerable people to enable them to live independently.

And officials estimate her work has saved the scheme, which is run by West Norfolk Council, £820,000 over the past decade alone.

Service manager Emma Boore, who nominated Lyn, said: “Lyn is reliable and dependable, committed to her role, her responsibilities and her colleagues. Her input to the success of the team has never been underestimated.

“She has a true ‘glass half full’ perspective on life that rubs off on everyone who meets her.”

Lyn will find out if she has won the award during the ceremony on Tuesday.