Volunteer Awards held in Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley, organised by Voluntary Action Mid Surrey in partnership with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Exxon Mobile UK and Mole Valley District Council. The awards acknowledge the contribution of volunteers in local community, who has have made a real difference in Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley.

Duty Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, presented the awards in Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley District Council Chairman Simon Ling handed out the awards in Mole Valley, with Sally Dubery, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Mid Surrey.

There were many wonderful stories shared at the evening. Volunteers like, Ciara Lawrence and Martin Bell, who has been volunteering with The Sunnybank Trust for 2 years, Ciara has worked tirelessly as a voice and campaigner for those with learning disabilities and Martin is a voluntary Ambassador for local events and school talks. Both Martin and Ciara provide voice and role models to other young people with disabilities with in the local community.

We heard about Bernadette Hurcombe, who has been volunteering with Citizen Advice Epsom and Ewell for 9 years and Colin Hutchins, has been volunteering with CAB for 11 years. Their talents, calm, patient manner and enthusiasm have been an invaluable addition to the CAB team. Epsom & Ewell Phab Volunteers Awards winners Allen Dunkley who has volunteering for 10 years and Joanne Morris have been volunteering for 7 years at the Friday’s evening club helping set up the, playing games and chatting with the young people. They have both made incredible contribution to Epsom & Ewell Phab. The husband and wife team Tim and Tania Ayers, who have volunteered together Epsom and Ewell Phab for 30 years, supervising the young people in a variety of activities and helping maintain the equipment used by the club. They also found time to help out on many Phab activity holidays.

At the Mole Valley Volunteers awards, hosted at Exxon Mobile office in Leatherhead, we heard incredible winner’s stories, like the keen gardener Rosemary Almond of Mary Frances Trust who has used her green fingers to transform once neglected space in a well-tended, colourful space, which is used by people to relax and eat in. We also had the privilege to meeting a wonderful, fun and talented actress Moira Burnish of Head2Head Theatre who inspired the charity to develop Student Volunteer Programme for disabled youngsters. Dave Banko – Epsom and Ewell Foodbank (Leatherhead Branch), who was instrumental in setting up the food bank in Leatherhead. We also heard about the wonderful contributions made by Sylvia Roberts of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund who joined the fund 5 years ago as a Trustee and is a valuable volunteer always willing to help and also a wonderful ambassador.

These are only some of the award winner’s stories, this year there were 50 Awards winners, each with their own incredible stories of selflessness and generosity. We are privileged to have met and celebrate these wonderful members of Epsom& Ewell and Mole Valley Community.

Voluntary Action Mid Surrey would like to thank Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council for their continued support of the awards every year. A special thank you to Exxon Mobile Team for the help and support in hosting the volunteers awards for 11 years and recognizing the invaluable contributions volunteers makes to the local area.

If you wish to make a real difference in your local community or just want to find out about volunteering, Please call Volunteer Centre Epsom; 01372 722 911 or email volunteering@vamidsurrey.org or Dorking Volunteer Centre