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Tenovus Cancer Care announces Volunteer of the Year 2018

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On Thursday July 12th, we celebrated the contribution of our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Awards at a ceremony in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Our Volunteer Awards recognise and celebrate all the volunteers who give up their time and skills to support Tenovus Cancer Care. We currently have more than 2,000 volunteers across Wales and England and in the last year they have given an incredible 300,000 hours to fundraising, volunteering in shops and at events or helping to run our support services.

Awards are given to volunteers in seven different categories; Boldest, Creative, Inspiring, Respect, Supportive, Young and Group. One of these winners then wins the overall Volunteer of the Year in recognition of their unique contribution to Tenovus Cancer Care.

Laura Morris-Lloyd from Caerphilly was given the ‘Inspiring’ award and was named this year’s Volunteer of the Year. Laura is a member of two Sing with Us choirs, Pontypridd and Cardiff North, and is a fundraiser in the South Wales area.

The mum-of-three was told she has just weeks to live when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in her late teens but after making a full recovery she has dedicated herself to helping others, especially young people, who’ve had, or have been affected by any type of cancer. 

Laura, who sings with Tenovus Cancer Care choirs in Pontypridd and Cardiff North, said: “I was young when I had cancer and I naively thought everyone gets cured but as I’ve got older I realise that it’s not the case.

“I’ve got my whole family involved in raising money and I hope that one day we will eradicate this horrible disease.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone at Tenovus Cancer Care who looks after people like me and I’ll do as much as I can to give something back.”

Chief Executive of Tenovus Cancer Care, Claudia McVie, said: “Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us deliver our services. We couldn’t do what we do without them. They are out there in the community, helping to support as many cancer patients and their loved ones as possible.

“The Volunteer Awards are our way of saying a great big thank you to everyone who gives their time to us and we’re particularly pleased for Laura, who has worked so hard and made such a huge contribution to the charity. We’re incredibly grateful for everything she has done for people affected by cancer, and she is a very worthy winner.”

Our other Volunteer Award winners for 2018 are:

Creative Award winner (sponsored by Allens Printers): Jane Miles, Cardiff

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.

Supportive Award winner (sponsored by Sears Seating): Marilyn Lowes, Pontypridd

Marilyn volunteers as a Hospital Representative at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, is part of the Sing with Us choir. 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.

Boldest Award winner (sponsored by GoCompare): Jon Davies, Pontypridd

Jon is a member of the Pontypridd Sing with Us Choir. Jon joined the choir 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! 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.

Respect Award winner (sponsored by Trivallis): Robert Willcock, Bristol

Robert is a Retail Assistant at the charity’s Broadmead and Bedminster shops in Bristol. He’s a valuable and dependable volunteer; 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 Award winner (sponsored by The Open University): Sophie Davies, Ebbw Vale

Sophie, 25, volunteers as a Retail Assistant at the Tenovus Cancer Care 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 Award winner (sponsored by Thomas Recruitment): Team Gallivan, Swansea

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.

We'd like to say a huge thank you and a big well done to all our shortlisted volunteers - you can read about all of them, including the winners, on our Volunteer Awards page.

If you fancy coming to volunteer for us, visit our Volunteer with Us web page.

If you're a journalist and would like to know more about the awards and our winners, you can get in touch with our Press Office.