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Fri 28 Jun 2024

Success at the 2024 Charity Retail Awards

Huge congratulations to Myrna Philpott who won Volunteer of the Year at the 2024 Charity Retail Awards. These awards marked the Charity Retail Association’s 25th anniversary and saw more than 390 representatives from charities across the UK.

On Wednesday 26 June at Harrogate Convention Centre, Myrna Philpott was named Volunteer of the Year for her two decades of dedication to Tenovus Cancer Care’s shop in Cardigan.

Myrna’s dedication and commitment to Tenovus Cancer Care exemplifies the true spirit of volunteering and community engagement.

After the sad passing of her son who had cancer, Myrna is extremely motivated to raise as much money as possible for other people affected.’

Darren Irwin, Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Communication at Tenovus Cancer Care

During her time volunteering at the Cardigan shop, 89-year-old Myrna has given more than 15,000 voluntary hours to the charity. A keen advocate of gift aid, Myrna regularly signs up new gift aiders to the shop, often achieving over a third of all new sign-ups each week. As well as being fiercely loyal, Myrna is caring, friendly, and incredibly competent; often taking new volunteers under her wing, to train and support. We estimate Myrna has supported over 60 ‘new’ volunteers during her time.

A licensed pilot and self-confessed daredevil, Myrna enjoys taking on challenges and recently completed a Zipwire challenge which raised over £900 for us and is busy planning her next fundraising challenge, which she feels should be outside of the aeroplane!

In addition to all of this, she also runs her own donation centre in her local community, encouraging friends, neighbours and family to donate their unwanted items. We estimate that Myra’s donation centre has helped the shop raise more than £28,000 through the sale of these goods over the years to support their charity’s frontline work.

As a true leader and mentor, Myrna's influence transcends the boundaries of her shop, leaving a lasting legacy of collaboration, innovation, and compassionate service.

We are incredibly grateful to have people like Myrna supporting us and are so proud to see her contribution recognised nationally.’

Darren Irwin, Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Communication at Tenovus Cancer Care

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