9th Nov 2014

The Durham Community Action event celebrating volunteering took place at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham on 16th October 2014.  More than 200 people, including the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sue Snowdon, and Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner attended the event.  All agreed that it was a fantastic night which recognised the brilliant achievements of volunteers across County Durham.

The Awards Ceremony was the result of many months of work involving nominators, judges and sponsors and culminated in a formal dinner compered by Steve Colman from Smooth Radio.

The shortlisted nominees with their certificates, accompanied by Steve Colman from Smooth Radio

Award Categories were organised to recognise volunteers who give up their time, without financial reward to improve the lives of others. The Awards attracted nominations for over 90 volunteers. The winners for each category were:

Mary Moody - Altogether Healthier - health and wellbeing of others – sponsored by North Durham Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mary Robinson - Altogether Greener - improving the environment – sponsored by The Banks Group

Barbara Ornsby - Altogether Wealthier - improving the local economy/financial wellbeing of families – sponsored by Northumbrian Water

Theresa Groden - Altogether Safer - safety of others and/or improving the cohesiveness of communities – sponsored by Ron Hogg, County Durham Police & Crime Commissioner

Dorothy Bowman - Altogether Better Children & Young People - maximising opportunities, aspirations and potential  - sponsored by Beamish Museum

Bryce Denholm - County Durham Young Volunteer of the Year (for under 21 years) – sponsored by Durham County Council

The highlight of the evening was when the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon presented the Award for County Durham Volunteer of the Year to Donna Bruce. On winning her Award, Donna Bruce said ‘I did not expect to win anything but I do appreciate it. I am really chuffed and very excited to have won the award, but I could not have done it without the other volunteers’.

Donna Bruce, county Durham Volunteer of the Year, with the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon.

Durham Community Action would like to thank all the volunteers across County Durham for their contributions to the community. We look forward to continuing to support groups and individuals to grow volunteering in the County.

If you would like to know more or are interested in nominating someone for 2015 then please contact us on 01388 742040 or volunteeringawards@durhamrcc.org.uk

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