Volunteers from across north Derbyshire are crowned at awards ceremony

Pictured is Tottie Holden, of the Arkwright Society, second right, receiving her Outstanding Contribution To The Voluntary Sector award at the 2014 Voluntary Sector Awards.
Pictured is Tottie Holden, of the Arkwright Society, second right, receiving her Outstanding Contribution To The Voluntary Sector award at the 2014 Voluntary Sector Awards.
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Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire-based Volunteer Centre has crowned outstanding people and organisations during its Annual Voluntary Sector Awards for kindly giving their time and effort to support worthy causes.

The centre, on Rose Hill, Chesterfield, which is a local volunteering development agency supporting voluntary, community and public sector organisations, hosted the awards on October 8, at The Pomegranate, in Chesterfield.

Volunteer Centre manager David Radford said: “This event is designed to recognise and reward the tremendous work done by volunteers and voluntary organisations across our region and once again we have had some wonderful winners.”

The 2014 success stories included three Organisations of the Year winners, based on different income categories, and they included Elastic FM, Pathways of Chesterfield, and Fairplay.

Cynthia Haslam, of Ashgate Hospice, was crowned Volunteer of the Year after she has shown dedication going above and beyond the call of duty.

The Young Volunteer of the Year was Rebekah Hardy, of RVS Meals with Care, who was recognised as a volunteer aged under 21 who has shown dedication to a voluntary organisation.

Caroline Bagnall, of First Movement, won the Special Award for a long service staff member for making a major impact and for devoting time and energy to achieving sustained positive change.

The Special Award for long service volunteer went to Anne Button, of Deaf and Hearing Support.

Voluntary Sector Single Point of Access VSPA - NDVA won the Award for Most Innovative Project. This award recognises the innovative flair shown by organisations.

The Outstanding Contribution To The Voluntary Sector award winner was Tottie Holden, of the Arkwright Society.

Category sponsors included Octantis Ltd, North East Derbyshire District Council and Chesterfield College, The Volunteer Centre, Unison Chesterfield Borough Branch and INSPEC Solutions.

Over 300 people attended the evening to celebrate the achievements including The Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council Tracey Reader, The MP for North East Derbyshire Natascha Engel, and The Mayor of Chesterfield Alexis Diouf.

Mr Radford added: “We have to thank all our sponsors because without them we really couldn’t afford to put the night on and we have to give a special thanks to Chesterfield College who have worked very closely with us this year to ensure the evening went so well.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering can call the Volunteer Centre on (01246) 276777, email info@chesterfieldvc.org.uk or can visit www.chesterfieldvc.org.uk.