Finalists announced for Britain's Best Volunteer 2015

Finalists announced for Britain's Best Volunteer 2015

Five finalists have been announced for the Britain's Best Volunteer award and from today the public will be able to vote for the finalist they think most deserves to win the award.

The competition attracted hundreds of nominations for charity workers across Britain, testament to the five finalists' remarkable achievements.

The award, a partnership between Markel UK, the specialist charity insurer, and Small Charities Coalition, the support organisation for small charities, rewards those who volunteer their time to help small, local charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

The winner of the award will receive £1,250 for the charity or charities of their choice and a personal prize of a holiday voucher worth £1,000. Runners up with receive £250 for a charity of their choice and a personal prize of an iPad mini.

The finalists were chosen by award judges John Barrett, Director of Small Charities Coalition, Pauline Broomhead, Chief Executive of The FSI, a charity focused on arming small charities with the best learning opportunities and providing a platform on which to influence policy and decision makers, and Andy Partington, Director of Markel UK. The five finalists are:

  • Alice Pulford, Founder, LoveSupportUnite Foundation
  • Caitlin Dean, Volunteer, Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS)
  • Donna Saunders, Volunteer, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
  • Jim Green, Founder, Niemann-Pick UK and the International Niemann-Pick Diseases Alliance
  • John Broom, Volunteer, Croydon Churches Floating Shelter

John Barrett, Director of Operations of Small Charities Coalition, and one of the judges of the award said: 'This year's standard was incredibly high and it was challenging choosing only five finalists. We received entries from all over Britain and without the tireless work of every volunteer, small charities wouldn't be able to do the outstanding work they do today.'

Andy Partington, Director of Markel UK, also a judge added: 'We received hundreds of nominations this year and the five finalists have each shown exceptional levels of commitment to their causes, as well as inspiring others to do the same. We are looking forward to seeing who the public will choose as Britain's Best Volunteer.'

Click here to cast your vote for the finalist you would like to see named Britain's Best Volunteer.


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