Pembrokeshire volunteers were celebrated at a gala dinner and awards ceremony held on September 26th at the Pill Social Centre in Milford Haven. The event was organised by PAVS and kindly supported by South Hook LNG as part of their ongoing commitment to local community projects.
The venue was beautifully laid out and decorated by volunteers from the Pill Social Centre. Volunteers and guests were treated to a delicious meal cooked by Streetwise Catering and adeptly served by the PAVS waitresses, then entertained by the very talented choir, Fishguard Bad Habits, who gave a wonderful performance of several well-known songs!
This year there were seven categories of awards, with three finalists in each category bar the Individual Over 25 category, where there were four finalists as the volume and standard of nominations was so high the panel couldn’t choose between the two winners! Sue Leonard, Chief Officer of PAVS, spoke about each of the finalists and the extraordinary contribution their volunteering makes to local communities.
Each award was presented by a special guest presenter and following the presentation of each award, the finalists were interviewed by Toby Ellis of Pure West Radio and told him their volunteering stories. These uplifting, touching stories were broadcast on the Pure West Radio Breakfast Show the following day.
The finalists were as follows:
Individual Over 25
Winner - Reg Atkinson, Newport Memorial Hall
Winner - Emma Picton-Jones, DPJ Foundation
Highly Commended - Sandra Bayes, Newport Forum
Highly Commended - Chris Turner, Friends of the Mount
Presented by Cllr Michelle Bateman
Young volunteer (under 25)
Winner - Bethany Roberts, Pembrokeshire Children and Young People’s Rights Office
Highly Commended - Hannah Wiggins-Jeffries, Sea Trust
Highly Commended - Hannah Lawrence, DPJ Foundation
Presented by Cllr Guy Woodham
Mary Sigley Award
Winner - Rain Malone-Hallett, Fishguard Musical Theatre Society
Highly Commended - Lisa Kallenberg, DPJ Foundation
Highly Commended - Sarah Brown, PATCH
Presented by Cllr Joshua Beynon
Group Over 25
Winner - Citizens Advice Pembrokeshire
Highly Commended - Share the Load Volunteers
Highly Commended - PACTO Bus Buddies
Presented by Mariam Dalziel, South Hook LNG
Mike Beckett Award (youth group)
Winners - Liam Williams, Sean Owen, Finley Frost, Milford Haven Youth Matters
Highly Commended - Milford Haven Youth Council
Highly Commended - POINT Digital Champions
Presented by Abi Beckett, daughter of the late Mike Beckett
Winner - Sandra Llewellyn, Brynberian Community Centre
Highly Commended – PATCH Trustee Board
Highly Commended - Deena Irving, Pembrokeshire Care Share and Give
Presented by Tegryn Jones, Chief Exec of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Chair of the Pembrokeshire Public Services Board
Long Service Award
Winner - Arthur Bates, Queen’s Hall Narberth
Highly Commended - Reg Atkinson, Newport Memorial Hall
Highly Commended - Sandra Llewellyn, Brynberian Community Centre
Presented by Toby Ellis, Pure West Radio
Congratulations to all the finalists...
PAVS would like to thank the following people: all the guest presenters for their contribution, especially Toby Ellis for also recording the radio interviews; Fishguard Bad Habits for the entertainment; Ben Manning of AJ Manning photography for the fabulous photographs; Streetwise Catering for the excellent buffet and Torch Theatre for the loan and setting up of equipment. Very special thanks to Colin Sharp and all the volunteers at the Pill Social Centre for the beautiful room set up and all their help beforehand and on the night, and of course to South Hook LNG for their sponsorship of the event.
For more information about volunteering in Pembrokeshire contact PAVS Volunteering Pembrokeshire on 01437 769422 or email email@example.com