Group Award Nominations
Peter and Brenda Mellows
Peter and Brenda (Bee) are both members of Bridgend Sing with Us choir and also volunteer on one of our Mobile Support Units.
After losing his wife to cancer, Peter’s daughter brought him along to the Bridgend choir to help support him through a difficult time. Brenda (Bee) was also encouraged to join the choir by her daughter and within a couple of weeks they recognised each other as primary school childhood sweethearts. Everyone in the choir was delighted when they married in 2017!
Peter and Bee are dedicated choristers and advocates for Tenovus Cancer Care; they’re always out spreading the word about the charity. Peter helps set up for concerts and advertises in the local area. And recently, they both became Welcome Desk volunteers on our Mobile Support Unit when it visits Swansea (quite a trek from Port Talbot!).
The impact of their commitment is also seen through their own families. Peter's daughter was a member of the choir and his son has raised money through many challenge events. Bee's daughter is also a prolific fundraiser for the charity having trekked to Macchu Pichu.
The work the charity does in the area of Bridgend and Port Talbot would be made much more difficult without them.
Team Gallivan is a father and son fundraising team, made up of David (Dai) and Damien Gallivan, who trekked Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 and 2017.
Team Gallivan (Dai, Damien and Natasha) are nominated for their bravery, resilience and courage.
Dai signed up to trek Mount Kilimanjaro after his daughter, Natasha, was diagnosed with cancer whilst pregnant. Having to make the harrowing decision of whether to keep her baby or have chemotherapy, she was delighted when she became a mum. 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, his son Damien stepped up to ‘fly the Gallivan flag’.
While Damien was at the airport about to leave for Kilimanjaro, he received the call that his sister had passed away. Damien bravely continued the trek and despite treacherous conditions and a heavy heart, he made it to the summit. 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.
Newport High Street Volunteer Shop Team
The Retail Assistant volunteers at the Newport High Street shop team have been nominated for the Group Award.
The volunteer team at the Newport High Street shop are dedicated, honest and hard-working. They give up huge amounts of time to help run the shop. If staff members need to attend meetings or appointments the volunteers make sure the shop stays open.
The shop has increased their sales by £15,000 this year, the highest increase in the network of 63 shops and this couldn’t have been achieved without the dedication of the volunteers.
Their support allows the Manager to provide cover and support to other shops. Volunteers have helped other shops which they have to travel some distance to, such as Merthyr Tydfil and Wotton Under Edge.
From the volunteers taking on more responsibility, income has grown for Tenovus Cancer Care allowing us to provide more services and fund further research. They’re a fantastic team and the charity would be lost without them.
The Group Volunteer Award is kindly sponsored by Thomas Recruitment Group
THOMAS Recruitment Group is an award-winning, professional recruitment company that specialise in recruitment for Industrial, Driving, FMCG, OnSite and Professional sectors. They pride themselves on finding and recruiting the UK’s top talent for every application.
"THOMAS Recruitment is pleased to be part of the Tenovus Cancer Care Volunteer Awards and is proud to be taking part in a number of fundraising events for the charity throughout the year. Recognising and valuing hard work in the workplace is fundamental to success and the Volunteer Awards is a great way to celebrate their achievements."