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Volunteer Wins Local Award for Making a Difference to Local People

Posted on the 29th October 2019

A volunteer with Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Pain Service has received a local accolade in recognition of the difference she makes to people in Southport and Formby.

Freddie Moretti received the Citizen 4 Good award which is a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office. The award recognises local people whose kindness, support and good deeds improve the lives of local people.

Freddie helps run the NHS Community Pain Service’s Pain Clinic Plus, a volunteer led, drop in support group set up by persistent pain sufferers, for pain sufferers locally. Pain Clinic Plus runs every Friday morning from Ainsdale Centre for Health and Wellbeing and anyone with a pain condition is welcome to drop in.

Dr Becky Simm, Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Community Pain Service at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Freddie herself lives with a challenging persistent pain condition, with no cure. She has not only worked hard herself to reach a point where she can now consider herself to live well with her pain, she has also chosen to utilise her experiences to inspire others to live well with pain. She educates professionals in a range of settings, and is dedicated and passionate and puts many hours not only into her face to face roles, but also behind the scenes. She has the ability to spot talents in others, motivate and help people find a meaningful role again, despite pain. Many feel this deserves recognition.”

In addition to volunteering with Pain Clinic Plus, Freddie also voluntarily runs a specialist support group for people with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, under Fibromyalgia Action UK and the ME Association UK.  This group runs every Thursday morning from The Community Fire Station, Albert Road, Southport.