A celebration of some of our unsung heroes
Night to thank people who volunteer time and energy to improve our lives
VOLUNTEERS across Runnymede have been honoured at an awards ceremony.
Now in its second year, The Runnymede Volunteer Awards paid homage to people who have given hundreds of hours of their time to helping others.
Organised by Royal Holloway’s Community Action, in partnership with Voluntary Support and Runnymede Borough Council, the event at the Royal Holloway University was supported by British Airways, with its volunteering programme manager, Carmel Khan, joining as guest speaker.
The Mayor of Runnymede Cllr Alan Alderson and college principal Paul Layzell presented awards recognising the efforts of more than 45 individuals.
Winners included Elisabeta-Elena Balasoiu, who was given the Voluntary Support North Surrey Young Volunteer Award for her work with Parents & Children Together, and Mandy Sze – awarded the Mayor’s Cup for student volunteer.
Food4Lunch was named Project of the Year, and The Village Centre took home the Community Action Partner of the Year award.
Vinspired awards were handed out to Jasper Lee, Isabella Froud and Rose Boutflower, for completing 30, 50 and 100 hours of volunteer work, respectively.
The Community Action Cup was awarded to Christian Union. Peter Harman of Radio Wey and Noel FranklinTaylor of North West Surrey Samaritans were joint winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr Harman, of Woking, has been working at the hospital radio for 49 years and is its treasurer. Radio Wey’s newly elected chairman, Marc Bakos, said: “It’s great to see another of our longstanding members receive an award for his dedication to the station. Peter’s enthusiasm is second to none, and his work never goes unnoticed.”
More than 40 Get Recognised certificates were awarded to students who have volunteered for more than 30 hours over the course of the academic year.
Runnymede Volunteer Awards group winners pictured at the Royal Holloway University