Darran drives project to help an elderly man

By by Jackie Turley jackie.turley@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @iomJackie in Community News

A police officer who led the charge to make improvements to an elderly man’s home and garden has been recognised.

Ramsey-based Constable Darran Loader has been nominated in Isle of Man Newspapers’ Community Police Officer of the Year award by a reader who was impressed with his initiative to help Laxey resident Victor Price, 82.

Following a routine welfare check, Darran drafted in The Children’s Centre’s Community Impact Team to transform the overgrown garden.

Together on his days off, they cut the grass and transformed part of his garden into a patio area with benches and bird table donated by companies. His church, Living Hope Community Church, donated a hamper and his friend Mike Eames did joinery work.

The nomination reads: ’I was so impressed when I read how Constable Loader had given up his own time and mobilised the community to improve Mr Price’s garden.

’The new look garden seems to have made such a difference to Mr Price’s quality of life. It was touching to hear how Constable Loader had taken the trouble to help him. Proper, old-fashioned community policing at its best.’

Darran has been a constable for almost 16 years. His responsibilities include speaking in schools. He is also part of the Police Search Team, Public Order Team and is a family liaison officer.

Darran said he was honoured to be nominated: ’I love the work I do and my role as a community police officer. I feel lucky to be in a position where I can help people and make a difference to their lives.’

Darran was first nominated for the award in 2010 for his work in Marown School.

He is training to run the Isle of Man Marathon eight times in August. He’s running in memory of his dad Shaun and father in law Clive Adamson and is raising money for Bowel Cancer IOM and The Lighthouse, part of Living Hope Comunity Church.

â?¢ To nominate a police officer contact Jackie Turley at jackie.turley@iomtoday.co.im or write to: Isle of Man Newspapers, European House, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5ED.

The deadline for nominations is March 3.

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