Take a leaf out of volunteers’ book

GOLDSWORTH PARK-based Greenoak Housing Association held their vibrant Volunteer of the Year awards last Friday (July 24) at WWF-UK’S splendid HQ building in the town centre.

WELL DESERVED – Volunteer Team of the Year runners-up: 1st Goldsworth Park Scouts, SPED’s Luke Clark and Greenoak’s Ian Phillips (far right)

WELL DESERVED – Volunteer Team of the Year runners-up: 1st Goldsworth Park Scouts, SPED’s Luke Clark and Greenoak’s Ian Phillips (far right)

The event, presented by Greenoak Committee member Ian Phillips, recognises those locals who have been nominated by the community for their selfless devotion to helping others.

One of them, Anne O’Neill, who was nominated by Arthritis Care for her tireless fundraising (in spite of her own poor health), took the top Volunteer of the Year  gong.

TOP SLOT – ultimate Volunteer of the Year Anne O’Neill (left) of Arthritis Care, with Tania Correia from the Greenoak committee

TOP SLOT – ultimate Volunteer of the Year Anne O’Neill (left) of Arthritis Care, with Tania Correia from the Greenoak committee

Runners-up to the No1 accolade were Rowena Vale of York Road Project, and Conor Maher of Woking Community First Responders, who are volunteers trained to handle emergency calls on behalf of the Ambulance Service.

The Woking Volunteer Team of the Year award was won by the popular Woking Street Angels, while runners-up were Surrey Peer Education Project (SPED) and 1st Goldsworth Park Scouts.

IN THE FINALS – runners-up for Volunteer of the Year award, Conor Maher and Rowena Vale

IN THE FINALS – runners-up for Volunteer of the Year award, Conor Maher and Rowena Vale

Finally, a Special Award was made to 19-year-old SPED volunteer Luke Clark. Beaming Luke was presented with a donation cheque to SPED, one to himself, and a cinema voucher for two.

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