A cel­e­bra­tion of some of our un­sung he­roes

Night to thank peo­ple who vol­un­teer time and en­ergy to im­prove our lives

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Matt Strud­wick

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.

Co­p­land-Cale Photography

Run­nymede Vol­un­teer Awards group win­ners pic­tured at the Royal Hol­loway Univer­sity

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