Who is Britain’s best volunteer? Markel and the Small Charities Coalition plan to find out with the return of their Britain’s Best Volunteer Award.
This is designed to reward those who volunteer their time to help small, local charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Entries will be judged on criteria that include:
· how long they have volunteered for
· if they have overcome personal challenges
· how their work has inspired others
· the impact their work has had on their charity.
The winner of the award will receive £1,250 for the charity (or charities) of their choice, and a personal prize of a holiday voucher worth £1,000. Runners up will receive £250 for a charity of their choice and a personal prize of an iPad mini.
Last year’s winner
Last year the award attracted 700 nominations, from which four were selected by award judges as the most remarkable. These finalists were then put to a public vote.
The winner was Emma Hall, founder and volunteer at Stepping Stones DS support group. She co-founded the local support group after her daughter was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. Seven years on, the group now supports over 100 families with children of all ages in the local area. She told Markel that the £1,250 donation would be put towards a new fund intended to secure permanent premises for the charity.
Members of the public can nominate Britain’s Best Volunteer 2015 until 20 February 2015.
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