Castlerock woman, Jean Caulfield MBE, has become the new face of Age NI, the charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged, after winning a competition which sought to find our most inspirational older people.
The competition which was run in conjunction with NIE Energy saw Jean and three older people from locations throughout Northern Ireland receive £200 off her next electricity bill, as well as an NIE Energy home energy saving pack.
Jean along with her husband Owen and friends Robert and Rhoda Burnett also took part in an action-packed photo shoot, the results of which will be used in forthcoming Age NI publications.
Jean, who is a founder member and Chairperson of Castlerock Senior Citizens Wednesday Club, was nominated by her friend Robert Burnett because her motivation and hard work has produced outstanding results for her community, and Jean demonstrates on a daily basis that age is a state of mind, not a matter of arithmetic.
Jean said:, “I am delighted to be one of the new faces of Age NI, and am really honoured that my friend Robert chose to nominate me. I believe that later life provides an opportunity for us all to flourish, and that age is really only a number. Working with the local scout group and Castlerock’s Senior Citizens Wednesday Club has kept my enthusiasm levels high for all these years, and I don’t see that changing in the near future.”
Wilma Stewart from NIE Energy, added: “We were really impressed with the nomination Robert completed for Jean, it reflected Jean’s hard work, youthful enthusiasm and zest for life.
“Jean is a great ambassador for later life and really shows what it means to age gracefully, with a sense of fun and energy.’
Siobhan Casey, Age NI Marketing Director said: “We are delighted that Jean is the new face of Age NI, she is a worthy winner who has contributed so much to her local community. Through her voluntary and community work,
“Jean has had a massive impact on Castlerock especially on the older sections of the community, founding the Wednesday Club and helping to secure funding for the £1million refurbishment of Peter Thompson Community Hall. Age NI want people in Northern Ireland to think differently about what it means to grow older because age affects us all in different ways, and we hope Jean’s positive example will go a long way to shifting attitudes towards people in later life.’