The prestigious Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards saw many volunteers individuals and businesses recognised for their giving their freely during 2021.
The awards aim to publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and commitment of volunteers and organisations who go the extra mile to support local communities.
The Newcastle under Lyme event, held at Keele Hall, in June, was an great success with many inspirational stories shared and ten awards were presented during the evening which, was hosted by BBC Radio Stoke’s Tim Wedgwood and sponsored by Amorcare Mobility Stores , IN2 Health & Wellbeing and other local businesses.
Award Winners for Newcastle-under-Lyme were:
Volunteer of the Year – Linda Hammond, Newcastle-Staffs Foodbank
Lifetime Achievement – Lilian Barker (pictured), One Stop Shop in Chesterton
Personal Achievement – Deborah Jandles, TWOCO & Women of Justice Arise
New Volunteer Team of the Year – Circle of Friends
Volunteer Team of the Year – North Staffs LinkLine Befrienders
Support for Over 65’s – Robin Morgan, Tri Services and Veterans Support Centre
Support for Young People – Gloria Harvey, Crystal Shandelles Dance Troupe
Young Volunteer of the Year – Ben Oliver, Newcastle Town FC
Business Contribution to Communities Award – Derek Mawby Surfacing
Trustee of the Year – Sue Jackson, Maer Village Hall
An additional In Memoriam Award was presented to John Webbe (pictured Left), widower of Bernie Webbe, for all of Bernie’s incredible years of volunteering and support to local charities.
Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire said: “We are delighted to be hosting the events in person this 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 Amorcare Mobility Stores, Belong, Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group, IN2 Health & Wellbeing, Bottlecraft, Netinspire, Wellcare Nursing Agency, Staffordshire County Council and Hanley Town FC. Special thanks also goes to Tim Wedgwood of BBC Radio Stoke for giving up his time to host the event for us. 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.”