Volunteers recognised at Lincolnshire CVS awards

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Volunteers from the area have been awarded for the outstanding contributions they have made to the community.

Special recognition was made to those who give up their time freely to help others at this year’s Voluntary Sector Recognition Awards, held by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (CVS).

Among those to be honoured were local volunteers Kathy Hunns, Alice Carter, Rob and Rachel Laubert and Jody Raggo, with them all receiving certificates of recognition.

○ Kathy, who volunteers at Mareham le Fen Primary school two mornings a week, received recognition for organising the reading system at the school, helping in the class and volunteering her time to attend school trips to support the children and teachers.

○ Alice received the Jim Hopkins MBE Award for Youth Volunteering for her work with local community group Off The Bench. Using her passion for sport, Alice volunteers her time so that all young people can reap the benefits of sport including improving their self-esteem, confidence, and developing their social skills.

○ Rob and Rachel play an active and vital role within their local community as part of the Main Ridge East Neighbourhood Steering Group. As a result of their efforts Burgess Pitt in Boston has been transformed into an area where families and children are happy spend time. Rob and Rachel have also become heavily involved in Boston Greenscapers and are growing plants which are used to improve parts of the town.

○ Jody received recognition for his involvement with the Witham Central and South High Street Neighbourhood Groups providing practical, clerical and admin support.

○ Rebecca, who was unable to receive her award on the evening, won the inaugural Jane Rose Award for Health and Wellbeing. Rebecca volunteers her time and works hard on behalf of the Boston Disability Forum to raise awareness of local disability issues.

Ladey Adey, Lincolnshire CVS’s chief executive officer, said: “Lincolnshire CVS’s Voluntary Sector Recognition Awards are such a wonderful way of celebrating the extensive and varied voluntary activity that takes place across Lincolnshire.

“Lincolnshire CVS are proud to organise and host the awards and hope to encourage more people to get involved in volunteering in their local communities”.

Other highlights of the evening included interviews with volunteers who played roles in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games including torch bearer Eileen Daubney, games maker Karen Johnson and Flt Lt Rachael Cadman who carried the Union Flag during the opening ceremony.

Lincolnshire County Council’s coun Sue Woolley presented the certificates of recognition to the award winning volunteers.

To find out about volunteering opportunities in your local area contact the Boston Volunteer Centre on 01205 365588 or visit www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk