Our Volunteer Awards are our chance every year to come together and celebrate the achievements of our amazing volunteers and say a huge thank you. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.
We had a fabulous night at the Principality Stadium, hosted by our wonderful Patron Carl Edwards. This special evening was made possible by our sponsors; Western Power Distribution as Headline Sponsor, Allens Printers, Sears Seating, Go Compare, Traveline Cymru, Trivallis, Open University Wales and THOMAS Recruitment.
We heard stories from dozens of our amazing volunteers and it was clear our judges had an extremely difficult job. You can see photos from the night on our Facebook page.
Our overall Volunteer of the Year was:
Laura Morris-Lloyd (Inspiring Award Volunteer)
A huge congratulations to Laura who won our Volunteer of the Year Award. This is a special award given to the winner of one of the categories who best displays all our values; creativity, being supportive, being bold, having respect and being truly inspiring.
Our Volunteer Award category winners were:
Creative: Jane Miles
Over the last six years Jane has selflessly given her time and creative energy to the charity. Jane is a member of the Rhiwbina Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care fundraising group, volunteers on the Cardiff North Sing with Us Choir welcome desk, helps the community fundraising team and Sing with Us teams in the office with administration, and coordinates and helps with numerous collections and events. She is uplifting and kind, and an absolute asset to the charity.
Boldest: Jon Davies
Jon Davies is a member of the Pontypridd Sing with Us Choir after joining in 2016, and has become a core member. Using his links in the community he’s created relationships that have led to different events and fundraising opportunities. Every week he has a new idea up his sleeve!
Sadly, Jon's wife Tracy passed away earlier this year.It takes a lot of courage, bravery and resilience to care for someone who is terminally ill, to keep positive and keep going in your day to day life; so to be doing that and at the same time raising awareness and fundraising for the charity is really bold.
Inspiring: Laura Morris-Lloyd
Laura is a member of two Sing with Us choirs, Pontypridd and Cardiff North and is a fundraiser in the South Wales area. Laura was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in her late teens. Since 2012, after losing her mother to cancer, Laura has worked tirelessly to raise funds for Tenovus Cancer Care. She says that singing in the choir and the friendships she’s made have been a great source of support and comfort, and she’s gone on to support many people around her. Laura is truly inspirational. She’s loyal, caring and would do anything to help others. She’s not let cancer define her and is a positive role model for anyone affected by cancer.
Supportive: Marilyn Lowes
Marilyn volunteers as a Hospital Representative at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, is part of the Sing with Us choir, and is a member of the Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care fundraising group in Pontypridd. Marilyn is very reliable, helpful and compassionate and is a friendly, warm face for patients. She always promotes and encourages people to use the charity’s services, wherever she is. Nothing is ever a problem; her dedication to volunteering is second to none. She really does make a difference to the work of Tenovus Cancer Care.
Respect: Robert Willcock
Robert is a Retail Assistant at our Broadmead and Bedminster shops in Bristol. He’s a valuable and dependable volunteer and an irreplaceable asset to the charity. He is the epitome of what a volunteer should be; he is dedicated, passionate, reliable and above all caring. On countless occasions Rob will put his plans on hold and dedicate his free time to help the charity
Young: Sophie Davies
Sophie, 25, volunteers as a Retail Assistant at our Ebbw Vale shop. Sophie is helpful, kind and has a smile that keeps everyone in her team smiling. She’s always thoughtful to customers and staff, an inspiration to all who meet her. Sophie is a very caring and compassionate person who will do anything to help anyone. She’s a hard worker and nothing is too much trouble for her. She won’t take credit for what she does, and she can be a little shy, but she seems to come alive at Tenovus Cancer Care.
Group: Team Gallivan (Dai and Damien Gallivan)
Team Gallivan is a father and son fundraising team, made up of David (Dai) and Damien Gallivan. Dai signed up to trek Mount Kilimanjaro after his daughter, Natasha, was diagnosed with cancer whilst pregnant. Sadly by the time the baby was born the cancer had spread and become terminal. Dai trained hard for his challenge but as it approached he was reluctant to leave his daughter for the trek. With barely any time to train or prepare, Damien stepped up to ‘fly the Gallivan flag’. One year later, determined to finish what he started, Dai also made it to the summit. Between them, they’ve raised over £8,000 to help other families dealing with cancer.