Harrogate volunteers celebrated for their efforts

Volunteers with programmes across the Harrogate district are recognised for their contribution.
Volunteers with programmes across the Harrogate district are recognised for their contribution.
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Volunteers have been recognised and celebrated for their efforts with charities across the Harrogate district.

Harrogate and Ripon Centre for Voluntary Services (CVS) presented certificates to a host of willing members of the public who were praised for being cheerful, available at the last minute, patient, willing, kind, tolerant, helpful, reliable, and capable.

The member of staff who chose the person for an award outlined the winner’s achievements and contribution and the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Jim Clark (Con) and Mayoress Coun Shirley Fawcett (Con) took part handing out certificates.

Harrogate and Ripon CVS Chief Executive Karen Weaver said: “This is a very special occasion for us.

“It is really important to recognise the contribution of volunteers. Our role as a charity is to support other charities and to encourage people to volunteer, but we also benefit massively from volunteers and we have a fantastic team of people supporting us.

“Around 180 volunteers support the work we do and they give a similar amount of hours per week, enhancing what the staff team does to try and make our district a better place to live and work.

“Volunteering is very much in the news at the moment with the election and that is great, but it is important to recognise people on the ground in our patch who are helping us with our work.”

Awards were given to volunteers with projects including Opening Doors, Help at Home, the CVS Office, Ripon and Rural Voluntary Driving Scheme, and Carers’ Time Off.

WINNERS

Sue Rees, Hayley Day, Jane Lishman, Lynda Clough, Tom Clough, Phil Vaux, Graham Townsend, Liz Ashby, John Minchella, Susan Cannon, John Batchelor, Jess Quigley.