The Diabetes UK Volunteer Achievement Awards were a triumph for the fourth year running.
The awards event, which was held in Leeds last weekend at the Diabetes UK Volunteering Conference 2008, celebrated the incredible work carried out by volunteers for Diabetes UK.
It also highlighted the stories of some exceptional awards candidates.
Winners were chosen from four categories by a panel of volunteers from the Diabetes UK Voluntary Groups Advisory Council.
Circling the globe
The awards were presented by Diabetes UK Vice President Richard Lane, who also achieved an important milestone. By the time he arrived at the Volunteering Conference, Richard had travelled the equivalent of the earth’s circumference (24,901.55 miles) touring the country and giving talks about the condition to local group meetings, and at other events and conferences since April 2005.
Award: Working with children and young people
*The Diabetes UK Southport, Formby and Ormskirk Children's Voluntary group (also known as The Lancelots)
Award: Work to improve quality of diabetes care and services
*Stuart and Glenys Grime
Sheffield Voluntary Group
HG Wells Award
This award marks an outstanding individual contribution in a voluntary capacity to improving the lives of people with diabetes, or to working towards a future without diabetes. The winner was chosen from this year’s Volunteer Achievement Award winners.
Southport, Ormskirk and Formby Children's Voluntary Group
Left to right: Stuart Grime, Glenys Grime, Leslie Waller, Mr Waller, Mollie Hickman, Chris Claridge (who accepted the award on behalf of John McNeill), Lorraine Evans, Richard Evans, Richard Lane
Making a real difference
“These awards acknowledge the remarkable work of our volunteers," said Verity Steddon, Volunteer Development Manager at Diabetes UK.
"Their voluntary work has made a real difference to many people with diabetes. Much of the work that Diabetes UK does could not happen without the support and efforts of our volunteers. We are delighted to be able to recognise our volunteers’ achievements and commitment with these awards.”