Volunteer awards

Nuneaton & Bedworth's first Volunteer Awards on Tuesday 13th June was a resounding success!

Tuesday 13th June saw Nuneaton & Bedworth's volunteering community come together in style, for the inaugural Volunteer Awards, a partnership event between Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire CAVA.

Held at Life Church in Bedworth, it was an amazing night, and something the borough should be very proud of. The panel received lots of superb nominations for volunteers from all wards, who serve a diverse range of community groups and organisations. The stories the panel heard were incredible: heart-warming, tear-jerking and life-affirming!

But there were only 10 winners in the categories of Young Volunteer - group award, Young Volunteer - individual award, Sport Volunteer - individual award, Long service Volunteer - individual award, Long service Volunteer - group award, Creative and the arts - group award, Health and wellbeing Volunteer - group award, Health and wellbeing Volunteer - individual award, and finally two very 'Special Recognition' awards.

Award winners

Amongst the winners was Jean Smith who has been volunteering for over 60 years for 1st Bedworth Girls Brigade, she organises and runs weekly sessions, gives up her weekends for events and fundraising, and provides much personal support and encouragement to the young girls. A winner of a Special Recognition award was Lee Welland, who despite his own personal set backs is organising a second World Record attempt later this month in aid of Georgies Gift, a local charity established in memory of a local toddler who passed away from meningitis. Rosie Royston was the winner of the Young Volunteer award; Rosie is a young leader at Nuneaton Gymnastics Club, and again, through her own personal challenges, has shown commitment and dedication to the Club by supporting and mentoring other young gymnasts.

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated this year, we are already thinking about how we can make next years' awards bigger and better.

Special Recognition winner - Carole Sparkes

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