The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has recognised six volunteer fundraisers as Everyday Heroes.
The achievements of Alison Cordwell, Liam Fairhurst, Elizabeth Haycock, Chris Lavender and Phil Pemble were celebrated at a reception at 10 Downing Street earlier this week.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising said “There are hundreds of thousands of volunteer fundraisers who collectively raise a huge amount of money each year. In turn, they make a phenomenal contribution to the work that many voluntary organisations are able to undertake.”
Thirteen year old Liam Fairhurst of Soham also won the Volunteer Fundraiser of the year at the recent Institute of Fundraising National Awards. Despite being diagnosed with cancer in his leg in 2005, Liam has now raised more than £150,000 for CLIC Sargent.
The other volunteers have raised funds for Springhill Hospice in Lancashire, Marie Curie Cancer Care, RAF Benevolent Fund, RNLI, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Macmillan Cancer Support and SPACE.