Volunteer heroes honoured at Caerphilly council ceremony

Campaign Series: AWARDS: Winners and sponsors at the awards night, with mayor Cllr David Carter and Lord Lieutenant Simon Boyle AWARDS: Winners and sponsors at the awards night, with mayor Cllr David Carter and Lord Lieutenant Simon Boyle

DEDICATED volunteers across Caerphilly county borough were honoured in a special award ceremony sponsored by your Campaign.

Caerphilly County Borough Council and Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) held the annual Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards – Star Volunteers 2014 on July 2 to celebrate and reward the work of local volunteers.

The award ceremony, held at the council’s Penallta House headquarters, also provided the opportunity for Cllr David Carter, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough, to present the Mayor’s Civic Awards.

David Humphreys, from Trecenydd, was crowned Supreme Volunteer. Mr Humphreys, 56, has dedicated 47 years of his life to volunteering with the scouting movement, joining the movement when he was just nine-years-old as a cub with the 2nd Caerphilly Scouts, the sane troop which he is now part of almost half a century later.

Mr Humphreys' sister Marilyn is also a stalwart of the scouting movement, and his mother Joan was involved for many years before retiring. His award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent Simon Boyle.

Father and daughter Daryl and Nerys Harries of Pengam also picked up awards. Mr Harries was awarded the Practical Service Adult Volunteer Award for his work as a first responder, while his daughter, who is helping to build the Welsh map of life-saving defibrillators and is a support to local guides, was crowned Millennium Volunteer.

Mayor Cllr Carter said of the Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards: “Volunteers in Caerphilly county borough make an invaluable contribution to the communities they serve – they make things happen and often change people’s lives – and hearing their stories has made for a very inspiring evening. The Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards are about acknowledging these community champions and saying ‘thank you’ for the vital work they do. I am extremely proud that the council is able to support this important event.”

The Caerphilly Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards – Star Volunteers 2014 was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and GAVO, and sponsored by The Campaign Newspaper, Gwent Police, Groundwork, The Parent Network and GwirVol.

Award winners on the evening were:

Star Volunteers 2014:

New Volunteer – Tracey Hollifield of Bargoed

Environmental Volunteer – David Doyle of Pontlottyn

Record Breaking Volunteer – Wendy Greenough of Oakdale of Valleys Gymnastics Academy

Practical Service Adult Group Volunteers – Aber Valley Heritage Group

Practical Service Adult Volunteer – Daryl Harries of Pengam

GwirVol Volunteer Commitment Award – 1st Fleur de Lys Rainbows, Girl Guides

Millennium Volunteer – Nerys Harries of Pengam

Young Volunteer Award – Emma James of Cross Keys

Parent Volunteer – Stephen Pegler of Risca

Retired Senior Volunteer – Sandra Hardacre of Cefn Hengoed

Inspirational Volunteer – Rhys Nute of Caerphilly

Supreme Volunteer – David Humphreys of Caerphilly

The mayor’s Civic Awards went to:

Doreen Brown of Oakdale - dubbed "the village angel" for her role in many areas of village life including the village partnership and St John's.

Robert & Patricia Griffiths of Newbridge, for their dedication to helping their neighbours

Taxi driver Robert Withers of Castle Cabs Caerphilly, for his role in helping a man who had a heart attack in his cab in Senghenydd, alerting a nearby GP surgery and offering to drive him to meet an air ambulance.

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