Buckingham Palace awards volunteers with a Royal reception

5 June 2014        


Earlier this week four of our fantastic volunteers joined HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, BHF Patron, at a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The volunteers were invited along and enjoyed a special reception with the Duke to reward them for the outstanding contribution they have made in the fight against heart disease.

Steve and Christine Syer have been members of the Cheltenham Fundraising Branch for 28 years. It’s a special year for Steve as he recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of receiving a heart transplant. Steve and Christine have been involved in all sorts of fundraising for the branch, including running the annual Cotswold Bike Ride. Over this time, the Branch have raised over £1.7 million.

John Stevens dedicates an amazing 10 hours a day, 6 days a week volunteering at the Crystal Peaks, Sheffield BHF store. He builds, fixes and sorts all the furniture, as well as spending many hours at customer’s houses building and fixing items. John is also excellent in sales and he recruits new volunteers.

Valerie Smith, 81, from Leominster has volunteered for the BHF shop since it opened in March 1989. In 25 years she has never missed a shift. Even when she broke her hip last year, as soon as she was able, she was popping into the shop to help.

As well as being recognised in their own right, Steve, Christine, John and Valerie are true representatives of the thousands of volunteers, across the BHF, all of whom are Heart Heroes.

Have you been inspired?

If these volunteers have inspired you, why not take a look at our volunteering opportunities and see how you can help us raise more money to fund life-saving research.