Awards highlight our star volunteers
Published: 30 October 2009
- 29 October 2009
Young volunteers from Essex received the national team award for supporting victims in their schools
Some of our very best volunteers were recognised for their dedication and commitment to helping victims and witnesses of crime, at Victim Support's second national volunteer awards ceremony, held at BAFTA, London this week.
Our President, HRH The Princess Royal, presented 20 regional awards to individual volunteers at the event, hosted by Crimewatch presenter, Rav Wilding. See our volunteer awards pages for more details of who won and their achievements.
Sarah Phillips, Chairman of Victim Support, said: “We think it’s so important to recognise the work of our volunteers – without them we would not be able to give the same level of service to victims and witnesses of crime.
“Although only a handful of our volunteers have been awarded today, we appreciate every single person who dedicates their spare time to helping those who really need help and support to cope in the aftermath of crime.”
Five national awards were also given to special category winners. Trevor and Sheila Fairhurst, from the North West, were named fundraisers of the year. Lewis Tull, from the East of England, won the title of young volunteer of the year for his dedication to volunteering at the age of 17. Halima Ibrahim, from the East Midlands, scooped an award for her commitment to diversity. The Essex Peer Mentor Team won the team award for its work with young victims, and the Wimbledon Courthouse Witness Service, London, was awarded for its work with witnesses.
The ceremony was followed by a reception where the Princess, Victim Support’s President, chatted to the winners and finalists.