The annual Basildon Council Volunteer Awards celebrate the selfless help and support provided by the Borough's volunteers. This year the Volunteer Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, 25th October 2018 at Woodlands School.
All of this year's award nominees and their special guests were invited to this prestigious gala event, which was generously sponsored by a number of Basildon based businesses and voluntary bodies.
Entertainment was provided by the Artistic Performance Team from Woodlands School.
Winners of each category were presented with a trophy, a certificate of appreciation and a prize voucher by Councillor David Dadds, Mayor of Basildon and the award category sponsors.
The winners of each award category are also put forward to win the prestigious Tony Guyon 'Volunteer of the Year' Memorial Cup. Tony Guyon was a popular and committed member of Basildon Council's Community Engagement Team who sadly passed away in 2010. Tony loved to spend his spare time volunteering in his local community and he played his part in helping to make Basildon a better borough. This special award embodies Tony Guyon's dedication towards volunteering.
This year's Tony Guyon 'Volunteer of the Year' Memorial Cup was awarded to Mary Pearne, who also received the Long Service Award.
Mary has been volunteering for the Wednesday Club at St Paul's Methodist Church Hall, Basildon since 1980. For most of that time Mary has been in charge of the club which provides weekly Wednesday activities enabling its members to participate in creative activities, social events including holidays away. The club also provides valuable respite for the families of its disabled members. Mary is a long standing and important ambassador for the disabled community in Basildon.
|Volunteer Award Category and Sponsor||Awarded to:|
The Sunshine Award (11-21yrs)
Awarded to Poppy Ward - for participating in numerous community and fundraising events.
Community Star (over 18 years)
Awarded to Eunice Larwood - for working for 10 years at the Information Resource Service and the Clan Club which is a monthly group for children with Cancer and their siblings.
Inspirational Role Model Award
Awarded to Matthew Wright - for his Street Outreach in Basildon and being able to engage, respond and assess rough sleepers.
Awarded to Kool Carers - for providing support to young carers under the age of 18 whose lives are restricted.
Long Service Award
Awarded to Mary Pearne - for 40 years of work at the Wednesday club supporting disabled members and their families.
Voluntary Group of the Year Award
Awarded to The Wickford Wombles - for keeping Wickford clean and safe whilst also educating others about conservation and the environment.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded jointly to Barbara Chapman and Norman Allen - for their tireless efforts at St Lukes Hospice, A combined total of 54 years volunteering in the pursuit of helping and caring for others.
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