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.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Labels Outlet Shopping
To an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through volunteering.
WINNER - Richard Johnston (1st prize £200)
Runner up: Jeannie Shave (2nd prize £100)
VOLUNTEER TEAM OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Cargill
For a team of volunteers who make an exceptional difference to the community.
WINNER: Herefordshire Citizens Advice Bureaux (1st prize £200)
Runner up: Macmillan Cancer Unit Volunteers at Wye Valley Trust (2nd prize £100)
Highly commended: Clare and Richard Fulloway of Leominster Town Cadets
FUNDRAISER – Sponsored by Border Office Supplies
The winner of this award will not necessarily have gained the most funding; the nature and range of activities undertaken to secure funding will be the important factor.
WINNER: Hospice Angels, led by Mike Pullen (prize £250)
SPORTS VOLUNTEER – Sponsored by Biddle Properties
Coaches, referees, administrators, refreshment providers - this award is an opportunity to acknowledge dedication to a particularly sport in whatever capacity.
WINNER: Hereford Skate Park’s Brian Stephens, Anna Toon and Jay Davies (1st prize £200)
Runner up: Adrian Snelgrove (2nd prize £100)
YOUNG VOLUNTEER – Sponsored by Labels Outlet Shopping
WINNER: The EPIC’s from the Close House Project (1st prize £200)
Runner up: Alex Bauress and Georgie Caine (2nd prize £100)
COMMUNITY HERO – Sponsored by Hereford Rotary Club
Recognises that in every community there is an unsung hero who voluntarily lends a hand to neighbours in need and quietly does all those little things to make their neighbourhood or village a better place to be.
WINNER: Eliza Giermaniuk (1st prize £200)
Runner up: Rita Langford (2nd prize £100)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Sponsored by allpay
Saluting that “inspirational person” who has dedicated many years of their life volunteering to help others.
WINNER: Irene Phillips (prize £200)