Our region’s stalwarts were recognised at a glittering bash celebrating the cream of the voluntary sector crop.
The Voluntary Sector Awards 2013 – held by Chesterfield and north east Derbyshire Volunteer Centre – honoured ten altruistic organisations and individuals from across the region.
David Radford, centre manager, said of last Wednesday’s event at the Pomegranate: “This was an excellent night with nearly 300 people attending and we were delighted that so many people attended and supported the awards.
“It’s seldom that the voluntary sector gets together to pat itself on the back like this and so we are particularly proud to have hosted what we fully intend to be an annual event for Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
“Such was the success of the evening we have been bombarded by messages of thanks across the various social media networks.”
Taking home the Long Service Award was Audrey Carlin, a founding member of north Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group who has been volunteering with the group for 27 years.
She said: “It was a tremendous honour to be recognised.
“Over the years we have helped hundreds and hundreds of people accept and manage tinnitus, which is a frightening condition.
“Every negative emotion you can think of, people with tinnitus have it. We work to help them get on with their lives.”
A spokesperson for the Volunteer Centre described Audrey as “truly inspirational”.
The youngest to be honoured was Thomas Anderson, 20, who walked away with the Young Volunteer award. He was recognised for his work as a mentor for people with diabetes and as a community health champion.
Young Volunteer. Winner – Thomas Anderson. Shortlist – Sarah White, Jack Hibbert.
Volunteer Long Service. Winner – Audrey Carlin. Shortlist– Jean Freeman, Geoffrey Speed.
Innovative Project. Winner – Loundsley Green Community Gala. Shorlist – Play Longshaw, Pedal Powered Party.
Volunteer of the Year. Winner – Michelle Raymond-Barker. Shortlist – Christine Samuel, Victim Support team.
Staff Long Service. Winner – Colin Hampton. Shortlist– Margaret Hancock, Janet Millard.
Organisation: income under £25k. Winner, Cruse Bereavement Care. Shortlist– Light-hearted Cardiac Support, Gamezone.
Organisation: income £25k to £100k. Winner – Chesterfield Credit Union. Shortlist – SAIL, Samaritans.
Organisation: income over £100k. Winner – Derbyshire Meals with Care. Shortlist– The carers Stting Service, Chesterfield Canal Trust.
Bolsover Organisation Of The Year – Limestone Journeys.
Outstanding Contribution – Lynn Tory.