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Kensington Palace volunteer award celebration

16th Sep 2021

We celebrated 100 years as a not-for-profit membership body last night at Kensington Palace, hosted by our patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. We have enjoyed patronage from The Royal family since our formation and continue to celebrate this long-standing relationship. 

Her Royal Highness commemorated the centenary with the presentation of awards at this special ceremony, to recognise our volunteering community for its outstanding contributions and achievements. 

CSSC Chair Mark Fisher, said: “The centenary of CSSC marks an important milestone in our organisation’s history and we are honoured to be at Kensington Palace to celebrate the occasion with HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. This year, and every year, our volunteers have put in a tremendous amount of commitment to improving the lives of our members, helping them to explore new ways to be active and healthy. 

“I am honoured to be a part of this event and look forward to taking CSSC into its next and exciting chapter.” 

Volunteer Awards

Each year, we recognise the incredible achievements of the volunteers through The CSSC Awards. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers have still continued to organise and arrange many outstanding events for members.  

The Duchess presented five volunteer awards at the centenary reception. 

  • Volunteer of the Year, which was presented to Robert Gillies
  • Innovation of the Year, which was presented to Maria Kerr 
  • The Fellowship Award, which was presented to Debra Allott MBE. 
  • Both Clive Arnold and Cheryl Johnston were presented with the Russell Scott Area of the Year for their work in East Kent.  

A wonderful evening was had by all in this most superb venues and auspicious occasions. Congratulations to all our ballot winners who were in attendance. A huge thank you to everyone who represented CSSC with such dignity and reverence. And most notably, many, many thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout 2020, especially our award winners.

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