Laurie in excellent form

The 77-year-old, who came to Australia from the United Kingdom when he was 21, gave up his day job when he was 55.

Close to two decades later, the father of two and grandfather to three has been named as a finalist in the Aged and Community Services WA Excellence in Care Awards.

�I was stunned to hear that I was nominated,� Mr Hudson said.

�I enjoy helping people that aren�t quite as fortunate as myself and now, of course, the elderly.�

Mr Hudson has lived at the retirement village with his wife Kath for close to nine years after realising maintaining his five-acre home in Hovea was too much work.

Instead, he spends up to 30 hours a week volunteering at the organisation�s three centres.

He drives the bus for residents, MCs events and lends technical advice to the maintenance department.

The retired engineer is also the treasurer for the Bentley Park Social Club and the Village Op Shop.

When he is not driving a bus or buggy, he is on the river giving his sports boat a whirl.

He also designed and made a six-metre-long hovercraft, which seats four people. And he does not plan on slowing down.

�I�ve got many years of life in front of me and I�m keen to carry on volunteering with the aged care centres,� he said.

SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis said he could not think of a more deserving finalist. Winners will be announced on Friday.