What an amazing night celebrating volunteering. On Friday, 19th July, 42 volunteers were presented with awards by the Mayor at the town hall. The annual Mayor’s Volunteer Awards now in it’s 16th year celebrated the outstanding contribution from volunteers who have selflessly strengthen our community.
There were six award categories this year – long service volunteers, individual volunteers, individual trustees, young volunteers (under 25), volunteering teams and a business award.
A special award was presented to Jill Twamley MBE, who has volunteered for St John Ambulance for over 50 years, representing the organisation in the borough, county and nationally.
The Mayor said of the winners: “I’m thrilled that so many hardworking and dedicated volunteers were nominated by their peers again this year. My Mayoral theme is “Working together for our great community”, and the Volunteer Awards is a wonderful way to recognise all those who generously volunteer.
“Many of them put in a lot of time and effort into helping others, and it’s this selfless attitude that means so much to many members of our community. I cannot express my gratitude enough to each and every winner.”
VARB works in partnership with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and the annual Mayor’s Volunteer Awards is one of the highlights in our events calendar.
Alisdair Semple, Chair of Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead said: “Every day, we see the difference that volunteers are making in people’s lives. Volunteers don’t just think about making the world a better place, they get out there and do it! The Mayor’s Volunteer Awards is just a small way of saying thank you to our local volunteers for the difference they make.”