Herefordshire's top volunteers shine at glittering awards night

Herefordshire’s top volunteers have been recognised at a glittering awards night where many of the county's unsung heroes were celebrated for their selfless dedication to their local community.

Lord Lieutenant, Lady Darnley, presented the awards which were organised by Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) and sponsored by allpay.

Hosted by Amelia Quinlan from HVOSS and Valerie Lilwall from allpay, the winners were chosen from a bulging postbag and after a rigourous judging session.

“It’s very difficult to choose one individual or team over another when everyone has done such amazing work in their own time. The entries prove that the work they do is invaluable in our community and this awards night is the County’s way of saying a very big thank you,” said HVOSS’s Angela Legg who has headed up the organisation of the awards for a number of years.

For a fifth time the event was sponsored by allpay with the company giving a special award to an individual who has made a lifetime contribution to volunteering.

This year’s winner was Irene Phillips, from Kington, who has modestly given more than 40 years to a wide variety of causes. This ranges from holding the Treasurer position with St John Ambulance since the 1960s to acting as the local booking office for musical performances, making refreshments for a multitude of fundraising events and supporting elderly friends.  With such a wide variety of voluntary jobs, local admirers were surprised she could fit in the award ceremony!

Irene is one of many truly inspirational people who are our county's unsung heroes; the people whose voluntary work is vital for our communities.