Linda helps to make lives a little easier
LINDA Lucas has spent more than 10 years of her life tirelessly volunteering to help people in the community.
The 63-year-old, who is disabled, works hard to ensure families never go without everyday toiletries, bedding and clothing.
And it is her determination to provide for others at the Revive Healthy Living Centre, in Roe Farm Lane, which has earned her a nomination for the Community Champions Awards.
Linda, of St Andrew's View, Derby, said: "I can't believe it. It's very nice to have been nominated.
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"I love helping at the centre and it gets me out of the house, which makes a big difference to me.
Linda, who is a volunteer and community director at the centre, helped to develop the Revive Pantry – a project which recycles unwanted household goods and gives them to local families.
The project has helped more than 100 families since it opened in June 2012 with items from washing powder to clothing.
Linda said: "Money is tight for a lot of people so they are very grateful when they come to the pantry.
"I know what it's like, I brought up my children as a single mum.
"We get some smashing people who come and that's what makes it worthwhile."
Linda volunteers at the centre every Wednesday and Friday afternoon and has done so for the past four years.
She organised a Halloween and Christmas party last year and she has many more plans for 2013.
She has previously helped with a gardening group in Chaddesden and has also worked and volunteered at the homelessness charity the Padley Centre for more than five years.
Jo Andrew, interim chief executive at the Revive Healthy Living Centre, nominated Linda for her work with the charity.
She said: "Linda must put in at least 10 hours a week helping out and she is always the first to put her hand up and volunteer for a task.
"Without people like Linda, we would not be able to help the people that we do.
"She volunteers because she is passionate about improving the life for local residents.
"She is a definite asset to the community and it would be fantastic if her hard work could be acknowledged with a special award."
Linda said that she was "very shocked" when she found out she had been nominated for a Community Champions award.
"I've already won as far as I'm concerned – to be nominated is wonderful," she said.
"I see so many good people who go on missions across the world that do a lot more than me.
"I would like to think that if I did win that the Revive Pantry would be recognised for the amazing work that it does.
"It's nice to know that there are people out there who are willing to donate items to help other people."