A 97-year-old who volunteers to care for an elderly man with dementia has been named a finalist in a national award.

John Shannon, from Harrogate, has been announced as one of five finalists in Britain’s Best Volunteer award.

Mr Shannon takes part in the Carers’ Time Off scheme, part of Harrogate Easier Living Project.

Mr Shannon was nominated by Anna Woollven, from Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, for his work spending time sitting with a gentleman who suffers dementia, while the man’s carer takes a break.

His volunteering for Carers’ Time Off began when his wife passed away in 2008. Having been supported by other volunteers of Carers’ Time Off throughout his wife’s illness, he wanted to give something back. In the last two years alone, he has supported six carers through the project.

Mr Shannon has volunteered over 80 years and his experience includes setting up a prison visiting scheme in Winchester, being a Rotarian, a Red Cross examiner and an active member of his local church.

The awards, run by the Small Charities Coalition and Markel UK, reward those who volunteer their time to help small charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

The competition has attracted more than 700 nominations.

People can vote for the finalist they think most deserves to win the award between now and March 21 via the website: www.markeluk.com/britains-best-volunteer/nominate-vote.aspx