This summer we held our annual Retail Volunteer of the Year celebrations at our London head office. The celebration day was recognition for all of the 860 volunteers nominated this year and a chance for us to celebrate our regional and UK Volunteer of the Year winners.
Over the past six months our retail teams have been busy nominating their volunteers for the prestigious Retail Volunteer of the Year award. We were inundated with nominations as a whopping 860 volunteers were recognised.
Meet some of our nominees and winners
The Lincoln clothing branch decided to throw their own special celebration day to recognise Natalie Cottam and Marlene Cogger. Natalie is one of this year’s Young Volunteer of the Year nominees and Marlene is one of our Volunteer of the Year area winners.
Natalie said: “I feel very honoured and proud to have been nominated for Young Volunteer of the Year. Volunteering here has given me a massive boost in my confidence and it’s so great being around such amazing people.”
Marlene said: “I am so humbled to receive this accolade and recognition. I’m very pleased for both myself and the Lincoln shop.”
Shirleen Mordant, who has volunteered at our Cirencester branch since 1998, is another one of our Volunteer of the Year area winners. She said: “I was over the moon when I found out I had won. I was so excited I didn’t think I would find my way home. I’ve been part of the shop for the past 21 years, everyone is so polite and friendly, I couldn’t be happier”.
It was an emotional and joyous occasion as we met some of our volunteers who go above and beyond in supporting us to beating heartbreak forever. The event, which was held in our London head office, saw our Volunteering Team work tirelessly the night before to transform our office space into a venue fit for the occasion.
On the day we created a marketplace where our volunteers and their guests could find out more about our 2030 Strategy, get competitive and practice their life saving skills in our digital CPR racing game, and find out more about the teams behind the scenes in a tour of our London office.
After lunch Simon Gillespie, CEO of the BHF, said a few words and thanked our regional winners for their hard work and dedication before handing over to Professor Iain Greenwood from St George's University London. Professor Greenwood spoke about his research into vascular pharmacology and took questions from our volunteers and guests.
Then came the bit that everyone had been waiting for: the handing out of the regional trophies and the crowning of our UK winners.
So without further ado...
This year's Volunteer of the Year UK Winners are
- Lewis Barnett
UK Volunteer of the Year Standard shop winner
Cupar standard store
- Codie Trayford
UK Young Volunteer of the Year Standard shop winner
Farnworth standard store
- Mohammed Najjar
UK Young Volunteer of the Year F&E winner
Hamilton F&E store
- Stephen Barron
UK Volunteer of the Year F&E winner
Wandsworth F&E store
- Brian McGill
BHF eBay Volunteer of the Year winner
Leeds eBay office
You can view the photographs of our celebration day here.