Cornwall's 60 over 60 finalists are announced

Cornwall’s most inspiring over 60’s have been selected after a call out for nominations went out across the region.

The campaign was launched by Cornwall Council in April this year and its aim was to find people who were ageing and living well across Cornwall.

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The panel, comprised of Councillor Rob Rotchell, Nigel Clark from Age UK Cornwall and Helen Tite from community organisation iCareiMove, met and agreed the final 60 last month and they all enjoyed reading about these inspiring people.  

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “I’d like to thank everyone wholeheartedly for taking the time to nominate themselves or someone they know in their community. It was very difficult for us to narrow it down as everyone nominated went above and beyond in their daily activities to keep active, healthy and support others.

“In the end we tried to focus on those people who perhaps had found themselves in a particularly low point in their life but somehow found the strength to take that first step to make a small change which then led to much bigger and better things for them. We felt this would help inspire others to know that making just one small change can really help transform your life.”

Panel member Helen Tite said: “We received a number of nominations for people who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to participating in a sport, working as a volunteer or taking an active role in their local community, which they have carried on with into their 60’s and beyond. By recognising their achievements, we hope that we can help to inspire others to take steps to live happily and healthily in their later years.”

The finalists have now been allocated a category that fits with their nomination, these are:

  • Cultural Contributors
  • Volunteer Superstars
  • Community Champions
  • Health Crusaders
  • Everyday Heroes

The final 60 will have a profile set up on Cornwall Council’s website in the weeks to come with stories released over the next few months on the council’s social media pages. They have also been invited to attend an event in Truro in October to receive a certificate to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

Lynn Bartrip-Kay from Newquay is one of the finalists. She has worked tirelessly to support businesses in Newquay to be dementia friendly through the Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Programme and says: “I just really enjoy doing what I’m doing, I don’t really think about being inspiring, however, for anyone out there who is lonely I’d recommend taking that first step to tell someone how you feel. You will then have some support to find out how you can meet more people or do that one thing you’ve been thinking about for a while but not had the courage to do.

“For me, volunteering just gives me a reason to get up in the morning and one really good benefit of that is how active I am. I walk miles around Newquay, supporting businesses to join the Purple Angels programme.”

You can view a list of all the successful 60 over 60 on the council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/60over60nominees