2016 winner and finalists

Hundreds of nominations were made and the standard was incredibly high. The judges had a very difficult job on their hands, and after much deliberation, are delighted to announce the finalists for Britain's Best Volunteer 2016.


Liz Glenister

Britain's Best Volunteer 2016 winner and finalist, Liz Glenister.


Runner-up finalists

Gary Clark

A headshot of Britain's Best Volunteer 2016 runner-up finalist Gary Clark.

Lucy Lucy

A headshot of Britain's Best Volunteer 2016 finalist, Lucy Lucy.



Andrew Smith

A headshot of Britain's Best Volunteer 2016 runner-up finalist Andrew Smith.

Tracey Staples

A headshot of Britain's Best Volunteer 2016 runner-up finalist Tracey Staples.



Highly commended

It was an incredibly difficult task for the judges to select the final five, and while all nominations are commendable in their own right, the below narrowly missed out on reaching the final five.

Glenn Cameron, Volunteer, Borderline
Elizabeth Clowes, Volunteer, Pathway
Julie Cook, Volunteer and founder, Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan
Janet Greensmith, Volunteer, DIAL Basildon & South Essex
Peter Hellawell, Volunteer Chair, Positive Action
Lynda Hesketh, Volunteer, Chester Adult Phab Club
Janet Horton, Volunteer and trustee, Fibromyalgia Action UK
Brenda Meadows, Volunteer, North Paddington Food Bank
Carol Pearson, Volunteer, Cavendish Cancer Care
Kim Ricketts, Volunteer, Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Initiative
Irene Simms, Volunteer Chair, Bath Child Contact Centre
Judith Spurling, Volunteer, International Children’s Ostomy Education Foundation
Colin Stephenson, Volunteer and founder, Torbay Stroke Survivors Computer Group
Erin Thompson, Volunteer and founder, The Loss Foundation
Sheila Vanloo, Volunteer, Radio St Austell Bay
Emma Watson, Volunteer and founder, The Moldova Project

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