Britain’s Best Volunteer Award 2016 Finalists Announced

Britain’s Best Volunteer Award 2016 Launches with £1,250 Cash Prize for Charity

Five finalists have been selected 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, through which will remain open until March 18 2016.

The competition attracted hundreds of nominations for charity workers from across Britain, volunteering for a wide range of organisations including community projects, fundraising groups and support charities.

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 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. The four runner-up finalists will receive £250 for a charity of their choice and a personal prize of an Apple Watch.

The finalists were chosen by award judges Judith Miller, Trustee of Small Charities Coalition, Vicky Browning, Director of CharityComms, and Andy Partington, Director of Markel UK. The five finalists are:

  • Gary Clark, Volunteer, Swallowfield Community First Responders
  • Liz Glenister, Volunteer and founder, Hypopara UK
  • Lucy Lucy, Volunteer and founder, Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH)
  • Andrew Smith, Volunteer and founder, Hull Homeless Community Project
  • Tracey Staples, Volunteer Chair, Hermione Social Club

The public can cast their vote through

Judith Miller, Trustee of Small Charities Coalition, said: ‘Whittling the nominations down to only five finalists was incredibly difficult as it was clear that every volunteer made a vital contribution to their charity. We wish the five finalists the best of luck for the public vote stage.’

Andy Partington, Director of Markel UK, added: ‘The standard of nominations was incredibly high and each of the five finalists has shown extraordinary dedication, initiative and commitment to their cause. We look forward to seeing who the public will choose as Britain’s Best Volunteer.’


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