The three nominated ladies from the Eastern Region at the Award Ceremony. From left to right - Pam Pepper, Jacqui Ricot and Helen George.
Throughout the year, nominations from members, staff and volunteers are collected for a number of awards and with the help of a panel of members, the CSSC Chairman selects the winners.
At the most recent Award Ceremony held at Celtic Manor, Newport, on Monday 17 June, three volunteers from Eastern Region were honoured.
Helen George of Anglia Area Association and Pam Pepper of Hunts, Cambs and Beds Area Association were two of the five nominees for the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Neither won the award, with Gareth Edwards announced as the winner, but both agreed being nominated was an honour.
Helen, said: “It is always a pleasure to be recognised and nominated for an award, although of course that isn't what you are thinking when planning trips and holidays for our members.
“Seeing them enjoy the events that we put on and receiving their thanks are what really makes volunteering worthwhile.
“It is such a big deal this year as there are two such nominations for Volunteer of the Year (Turnbull Award) from the Eastern Region. I have known Pam Pepper for a number of years and she, like me, loves what she does and was a very deserving nominee.”
Jacqui Richot of Suffolk and North Essex also received a Merit Award. There are only a few Merit Awards made each year, with the criteria for such a prestigious award being:
‘The individual must have given meritorious and sustained service to CSSC in a voluntary capacity, shown integrity in representing their Area Association and must have had a positive and distinctive impact on the activities of CSSC in one or more voluntary roles.’
A big well done to our Eastern Region volunteers!