2019 Award Winners
Our 2019 Volunteer Awards took place at the Principality Stadium on 11th July and was hosted by our wonderful Patron, Carl Edwards.
The special evening was made possible by our sponsors; Western Power Distribution as Headline Sponsor, Allens Printers, Sears Seating, Go Compare, Hillside Accounting, Print Sauce, Hutchings & Thomas and PXtech.
We heard stories from dozens of our amazing volunteers and it was clear our judges had an extremely difficult job.
Our overall Volunteer of the Year was:
Carol Owen (Inspiring Award Volunteer)
A huge congratulations to Carol who won our Volunteer of the Year Award. This is a special award given to the winner of one of the categories who best displays all our values; creativity, being supportive, being bold, having respect and being truly inspiring.
Our Volunteer Award category winners were:
Creative: Jan Gibson
Jan is the Finance Treasurer of the Bridgend Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care Group and a member of her local Sing with Us choir.
Jan spends hours making beautiful handmade cards to sell at local community events, the hospital and choir practice, and making sure that the charity is promoted in the community. She makes cards to order and may well be up half the night ensuring her orders are met. She never lets anyone down and raises over £1,000 a year!
Jan’s vocation in life was nursing and she’s brought the same compassion, professionalism and pride she gave to her job, to her volunteer role. She’s always there with a welcoming smile, a hug for those who need one, an ear that listens and a calm voice of reassurance and support. She’s a bucket-shaker, card maker, high-note hitter and a loyal friend to Tenovus Cancer Care.
Boldest: Gill Morton
Gill encompasses all five Tenovus Cancer Care values. As well as being a dedicated Sing with Us choir member, she’s also a member of the local Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care Group and has recently signed up to become an ACTivate Your Life volunteer.
When Gill was diagnosed five years ago she wasn’t sure she’d make it to her 60th birthday. To celebrate the milestone she decided to climb 60 mountains, reaching the final peak just days before her 61st birthday and raising thousands of pounds for the charity despite being afraid of heights. This year she plans to take on the Anglesey Coastal Path, posting pictures along the route to show that there is life after cancer.
She’s open about how Tenovus Cancer Care has supported her, and is willing to help in any way she can to give back to the charity.
Inspiring: Carol Owen
Carol could be nominated in any of the categories but the one that shines above all is Inspirational.
As the longest serving member of Llandeilo Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care Group, Carol has worked tirelessly to guide the group, known locally as ‘The Golden Girls’, for over 30 successful years; bringing the community together and raising over half a million pounds. Carol has that rare talent of making people feel special, a winning smile and a mischievous sense of humour. She’s inspired a network of supporters who give their time and skills out of love and respect to her.
In 2012 Carol was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her work in and around Llandeilo. She even ensured that Tenovus Cancer Care is well known in Llandeilo by organising a visit from the Mobile Support Unit.
Although in her 80s Carol shows no sign of slowing down. She’s tenacious, wise and dedicated to the cause. Within Llandeilo, Tenovus Cancer Care is synonymous with Carol.
Supportive: Gaynor Roberts
Gaynor volunteers at the Wrexham Sing with Us choir and has been organising the local Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care Group for the past few years. She’s extremely passionate about the charity and never seems to stop raising funds.
She is kind and caring, laid back and level-headed. She understands the importance of not pressuring people into getting involved with fundraising, but equally makes it very easy for people to chip in as and when they feel they can. She’s excellent at making new members feel welcomed into the group.
Gaynor is innovative in her fundraising. She’s always thinking of new ideas to raise money. She works hard to make sure groups, like the craft group, have funds to make their crafts and raise even more money. She gives her time endlessly and is always there if anyone needs help or advice.
Respect: Gill James
Gill joined the Pontypridd Sing with Us choir to sing, but it also sparked her desire to do something to help families affected by cancer, just like her own.
Gill’s the perfect example of a volunteer. She’s always prepared to accept a challenge. She’s climbed mountains, abseiled buildings, swum miles, as well as raising money through her talents as an artist. She’s always willing to help with a bucket collection, and even volunteered to adjudicate at the 24 Hour Zumbathon. She most recently took part in the Zip Wire Challenge. She truly is a wonder-woman.
Gill is always supportive and respectful towards her fellow choristers. She gives a heartfelt hug to those who need one, and always takes the time to chat with people going through a difficult time.
Gill is always full of life. She’ll walk into rehearsal with loads of energy, announcing the latest fundraising drive. Gill’s relentless commitment to Tenovus Cancer Care is inspiring.
Young: Manisha Dass
Manisha is a Tenovus Cancer Care and KESS2-funded PhD student. She’s only part way through her PhD but has already gone above and beyond expectations.
She’s always willing to help and comes up with unique ideas, going out of her comfort zone to help the charity and those affected by cancer.
Manisha has hosted a lab tour, volunteered at Coleg Gwent, in her local shop, and at various events. She took part in World Cancer Day on social media, and helps to tackle prostate cancer via her research.
Manisha has also created content for the charity’s Youtube channel, creating videos that deal sensitively with very important and emotive topics.
Manisha’s intelligence and enthusiasm is seemingly inexhaustible. Without her, and people like her, the charity wouldn’t be able to share the scientific research it funds in this creative way, and to so many people.
Group: ACTivate Your Life Course Presenters
ACTivate Your Life - Affected By Cancer is a support service run by volunteer course presenters and one member of Tenovus Cancer Care staff.
The task of ensuring people affected by cancer benefit from ACTivate Your Life lies entirely with this fantastic team of volunteers. Over the last year they have run 12 sessions and seen around 100 people.
As well as delivering the service, the team also promote it in new areas; the charity wouldn’t have the resource to do this without them.
These volunteers span the country and are so supportive of each other. The relationships they build and the extra work they put in makes each course a full experience for participants.
They get involved in making tweaks and they will be integral in ensuring the sustainable growth and development of the service. Put simply, this course wouldn’t be possible without its volunteers.
Thank you Western Power Distribution for being the Headline Sponsor of our Volunteer Awards.