FOR many, retirement means putting feet up and getting to grips with a new hobby.
But Norma Todd decided to dedicate her time to helping others.
Since hanging up her hat from the accounts department at the then Solihull Heath Authority in 1993 Norma has been helping out those in need across the borough.
For 16 years she volunteered at the now Solihull Children’s Special Needs Association, often known as Green Lane Playgroup in Shirley.
The 85-year-old also dedicated her time to visiting elderly housebound Silhillians at Solihull Visiting Service and it was the work she did there that saw her nominated for the Local Hero Award.
During her time at the visiting service she would call-in on residents once a week and have a chat and a cuppa with them.
Norma also organised for the elderly residents to get out and get together for a fish and chip supper and a Christmas party.
Norma also paired up the volunteers with those who would like a visitor.
Last year the Solihull Visiting Service could not attract new volunteers and there were no new referrals so she took the tough decision to step down.
The remaining volunteer was not able to take up Norma’s position so unfortunately the service came to an end.
Norma said: “I was delighted to have been nominated for the award.
“Being shortlisted is wonderful.”