VOLUNTEERS across Uttoxeter have been recognised for their efforts at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The East Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards, hosted by Support Staffordshire, were streamed live on YouTube last week.
Volunteers at Uttoxeter Cares won their category, while a raft of commendations were handed out to volunteers at Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre.
Uttoxeter Cares volunteers were recognised for their support for people over 65 – and were nominated by manager Michelle Vodden. She said: “I nominated our Uttoxeter Cares volunteers to thank them for their contribution to our service over the last year. Our centre couldn’t open last year because of the pandemic.
“But the volunteers, many of whom were shielding themselves, took it upon themselves to maintain contact with our service users and between them, spent more than 1,000 hours on the phone, which I think is incredible. I believe that our service is in a much better state than it could’ve been, to reopen once we’re allowed to and I am so grateful for everything they’ve done.
“I don’t think they realise the impact that they’ve had. This is my way of saying thank you to them. We wouldn’t be where we are with you today.”
Volunteers at Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre were also shortlisted in four categories, receiving a commendation in each. Teenage volunteer Frankie Groom received a commendation for her work at the Helping Hand Community Cupboard food bank, which was also recognised as a team for support for young people.
Emily Tomkinson from UHCC was commended for her work as a charity trustee, while Mary Dodgson received a Lifetime Achievement commendation.
Mary said: “It was very exciting to watch the awards on the night. I didn’t know Emily had nominated me and she didn’t know I’d nominated her, so our commendations were a surprise for both of us!
“I’m pleased that Frankie was recognised for her work at the centre – she’s thoughtful and helpful and we’re lucky to have her.
“It’s been difficult at times as we’ve been working from home, but we’ve done everything we can to support people and it’s nice that the community centre is seen as providing a valuable service to Uttoxeter and the surrounding villages.”
Emily added: “We’re very grateful for the recognition – we’ve been so busy it is lovely to take a moment to celebrate everything we’ve been doing and what we’ve achieved. I’m really delighted that Frankie was recognised too. She is very mature and has been a big help to us.”
The virtual awards ceremony was held online on Thursday last week, with certificates sent out via email. Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire said “We are delighted to be hosting the events online year which has only been possible due to the generosity and support of local businesses. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sector and these events are all about taking an hour or two to recognise the people who give their time freely, without promise of material reward, to help the people and places around them.”
Lisa Carson Fundraising Development Manager said: “I must sincerely thank our sponsors for supporting the awards this year, in particular LSC Nursing & Care Ltd, Stafford Railway Building Society, Stafford Borough Council, University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group, Hardy Signs, Home Instead, Richard Winterton Auctioneers, Burton Albion, Marston’s Brewery, Uttoxeter Knights, Staffs County Council, Burton Rotary Club, and YMCA Burton & District.
“We recognise that businesses have faced their own challenges during the pandemic and so we are extremely grateful for their continued support during these unprecedented times.”
East Staffordshire award winners were:
Volunteer of the Year: Ruth Redgate
Lifetime Achievement: Ron Priest
Personal Achievement: Gulsoom Aslam
Trustee of the Year: John Anderson
New Volunteer Team of the Year: Pirelli COVID Vaccination Volunteers
Volunteer Team of the Year: Burton HOPE
Support for Over 65’s: Uttoxeter Cares Volunteers
Support for Young People: FISH 2013
Young Volunteer of the Year: Lewis Anderson
Business Contribution to Communities Award: Farm Fresh Revolution Packington Farm
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