Chesterfield’s Good Samaritans rewarded for their hard work

To find out more about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Centre on Rose Hill on 01246 276777 or email
To find out more about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Centre on Rose Hill on 01246 276777 or email

Inspirational acts of dedication and community spirit were celebrated at Chesterfield’s third annual Voluntary Sector Awards.

More than 300 people attended the evening to mark the achievements of volunteers from across the area.

Dave Radford, manager of Chesterfield Volunteer Centre, 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.

“To put on such a large event is time-consuming but it is always an extremely humbling, and ultimately fulfilling, experience.”

He added: “It is wonderful to be a part of something that recognises the voluntary sector as a whole and it is important we take time out to pat ourselves on the back a little.

“With more nominations and more people attending it would appear this event is going to get bigger and better every year.”

The night included a sparkling performance of dance and song from Chesterfield College students.

Full list of winners

Young Volunteer Of The Year: Jemma Glossop – Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team. (Runners up: Sophie Atkinson – Springwell Community Arts; Djay Emery – Rhubarb Farm; and Jade and Chloe Clarke)

Ashgate Hospicecare Volunteer Long Service Award: Sandria Mather – Girlguiding. (Runners up: Ray Bradley – Macmillan Cancer Support; and Sue Barber – High Peak Diabetic group)

Volunteer Team Of The Year Award: Hope Springs Recovery Centre volunteers. (Runners up: Home For Good volunteers; Derbyshire Law Centre and Elderfriends volunteers; and Chesterfield Volunteer Centre)

Staff Long Service Award: Dr Sarah Parnacott – Ashgate Hospicecare. (Runner up: Stephen Taylor – Derbyshire Law Centre)

Most Innovative Project Award: Equipped2Succeed – Loundsley Green Community Trust. (Runners up: Stand To – Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service; and Asbestos In The Home – Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team)

Volunteer Of The Year Award: Maria Davison – Chesterfield Carnival. (Runners up: Cecilia Peck – Chesterfield Credit Union; and Andrea Jenner – Ashgate Hospicecare)

Organisation Of The Year with an income under £25,000: Everybody Hurts. (Runners up: St Mary’s Catholic Primary PTFA; and Chesterfield Tinnitus Support Group)

Organisation Of The Year with an income between £25,000 and £100,000: Hope Springs Recovery Centre. (Runners up: Loundsley Green Community Trust; and Nenna Kind Cancer Support Centre)

Organisation Of The Year with an income over £100,000: SPODA. (Runners up: Chesterfield Credit Union; Ashgate Hospicecare; and Derbyshire Autism Services Group)

Outstanding Contribution To The Voluntary Sector: Derek Kipling – Macmillan