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Fri 15 Sep 2023

Tenovus Cancer Care volunteers honoured at home of Welsh rugby as charity celebrates 80th anniversary

A line-up of inspirational volunteers became the VIPs at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium last night in recognition of their standout support of Wales based charity Tenovus Cancer Care.

Volunteers have been the backbone of our charity for 80 years, and last night they came together at the home of Welsh rugby in celebration of their loyal service, and of each other.

Finalists were shortlisted in four categories – Retail, Services, Fundraising, and Values – from nominations received nationwide.

There was also a surprise award, with Janet Sutton from Llandudno, north Wales, named as the charity’s Volunteer of the Year 2023.

Janet’s “selfless” behind the scenes support with Llandudno’s Sing with Us choir, and as treasurer of the town’s local Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care group, won her the accolade. She had just been announced as the winner of the Values award.

After receiving the award, she said: “I am shocked to win. This award is for every volunteer who tirelessly works behind the scenes in their communities to help and support people affected cancer. Tonight, I have brought it home for all the volunteers in Llandudno, who work so hard and give up their time to support the charity.”

There were some tears, and many heart-melting moments, during the ceremony hosted by BBC Wales journalist, and Tenovus Cancer Care patron, Carl Edwards.

In a golden moment, Myrna Philpott, 89, challenged Carl to a dual wing walk. Myrna, who has volunteered in our Cardigan shop for 20 years, is a licensed pilot and last year completed our Zipwire Challenge, raising £800.

Members of our Abergavenny and Bridgend Sing with Us choir also entertained guests with three heart-warming songs.

Each winner was presented with a glass plaque and certificates awarded to runner ups.

Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of Tenovus Cancer Care, MBE, said: “We were delighted to host our 10th Volunteer Awards, which was even more special as we mark our 80th anniversary as a charity.

“I am always immensely proud of the remarkable contribution of our volunteers to support people affected by cancer. From working in our shops and fundraising at events to supporting the delivery of our services and helping in head office - our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Their contribution allows us to give help, hope, and a voice to everyone affected by cancer.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the nominees and winners this evening - Tenovus Cancer Care would not be here without their help and support.”

It was the first time the event has been held since the Covid-19 pandemic, to say thank you to 1,293 volunteers supporting the charity across Wales and England.

Award winners were:

Retail - Myrna Philpott from Cardigan, Ceredigion. Myrna has been a volunteer at our Cardigan shop more than 20 years.

Services - Aysha Syeda from London. Aysha supported our Benefits Advice team in researching support available to people with terminal cancer across Wales, addressing inequalities in service provision to better support clients.

Fundraising – Jayne Lloyd from Caernarfon, Gwynedd. Jayne and her team of volunteers have helped raise an amazing £128,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care.

Values Award Winner – Janet Sutton from Llandudno, Conwy, volunteers with Llandudno Friends of Tenovus and the town’s Sing with Us choir.

Tenovus Volunteer of the Year – Janet Sutton.

Sponsors and supporters for last night’s event included SRK Consulting, Jellyfish Solutions, Eversheds Sutherland, Print Sauce, and Jan Lima Flowers.


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