Volunteer receives special award

Bob Rollett presentation
Bob Rollett presentation

An Uppingham man who has volunteered 1,660 hours of his time to record over 200 books for partially sighted and blind people has received a special award.

Bob Rollett, who records for charity Calibre Audio Library, received his Gold Centurion accolade from actor Hugh Fraser, best known for playing Captain Hastings in the popular TV series, Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Each year Calibre Audio Library provides audio books for over 15,000 people nationwide unable to read print.

Bob has recorded a huge range of books including children’s books, travel, biography, novels, religious books, fantasy, historical, crime fiction and poetry collections.

Reading has always been a huge part of Bob’s life. The thought of having no access to books spurs him on, because although he’s alone he’s never reading to himself but always to someone dependent on audio books. From time to time listeners send their thanks. He says it’s great to have that encouragement. His wife, Ann, says his listeners don’t realise how lucky they are - they can switch him off when they want to!

Christine Ronaldson, head of literature and audio book production, said: “I would like to express my deep gratitude to Bob and all our readers on behalf of our members - many of whom are frail and elderly - who tell us our books are a lifeline.

“It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and hours they selflessly put aside to record an amazing variety of books which bring happiness to so many people. It is really special for them that Hugh Fraser will be presenting their awards.”

For more information: www.calibre.org.uk