Selfless helpers honoured at 2013 volunteer awards

Selfless helpers honoured at 2013 volunteer awards

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Simon Meechan

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Selfless helpers honoured at 2013 volunteer awards

Celebrity Timy Mallett and the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead presented prizes to selfless volunteers at an awards ceremony.

The Royal Borough held the combined ceremony with Windsor and Maidenhead Voluntary Action (WMVA) at Dorney Lake.

Fiona Winrow, who manages the Windsor and Maidenhead Volunteer Centre, said at the event: "Volunteers are like best friends. They're always quietly there when you need them most.

"Tonight we celebrate the best of the best."

The awards were co-hosted by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, and TV celebrity Timmy Mallett.

Derek Braydon was named volunteer of the year for his work with Windsor and Maidenhead Youth Offending Team.

"Of all our panel members, Derek is the one who will always offer his time when asked," said Diana Crawcour, who nominated Derek.

Gareth Ferryman won the mayor's special recognition award for work at Norden Farm.

After winning four awards last year, SportsAble was recognised again.

Sarah Robbins won the WMVA under 25s award for her work with SportsAble's swimming section.

The 16-year-old volunteers as a lifeguard and matches swimmers with helpers.

Sue McCormack from Family Friends won the 25-59 category, ahead of two of her colleagues from the charity.

Robert Kitching from the Citizens Advice Bureau was awarded the over 60s prize.

Runner up in the over 60s was 93-year-old Daphne Wilson. She has volunteered at Oxfam in Maidenhead for more than three decades.

Maidenhead Rotaract, a club of volunteers aged between 18 and 30, collected the group prize.

Brenda Pollock and Wessex Primary School were honoured by the council for their litter picking.

Portlock Road, Maidenhead and Halfpenny Lane, Sunningdale trumped in the best kept street categories.

The council's awards for community safety went to Tom Green, a police volunteer from Windsor, and Windsor Street Angels, who care for vulnerable party goers on Friday nights.

Katrina Foxton was honoured by the borough for her research for Windsor and Royal Borough Museum's oral history project.

Timmy Mallett said: "You can see tonight that it's volunteers who make the world go round. People stepping up to the plate and doing something over and above.

"It's about realising your potential."

The ceremony was held on Thursday last week.

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