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Volunteer Heroes!

Posted: 03/08/15

UNSUNG hardworking heroes who volunteer in Redcar and Cleveland have been honoured.

The Redcar and Cleveland Volunteer Development Agency’s (RCVDA) annual presentation event was held in the grounds of Westfield Farm, Dormanstown, with afternoon tea in a marquee - to recognise the work of volunteers across the borough.

Mal Fitzgerald, chief executive of RCVDA, said: “It is important for us to recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment of local people that is happening in our communities every single day of the year.”

Margaret Thirlwell won the Volunteer of the Year award for her tireless support of Leonard Cheshire Disability of Marske.

Margaret Barron, of Redcar, who has been involved in Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Normanby since it was founded 14 years ago, won

the RCVDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rebecca Jackson, Mike Wilson, Sophie McCormick and Chloe Petite, from the Junction Foundation of Redcar, were winners of the Young Team of

the Year.

The Friends of Redcar Cemetery took the Environmental Champions award, while the volunteer team at Carers Together of Redcar became Health and Wellbeing champions.

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner, presented the Community Safety Champions award to members of the Redcar Beacons.

The George Punshon Award for Outstanding Community Group went to the Whale Hill Community Association.