Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Diabetes UK Volunteer Achievement Awards. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate and recognise the important work of our volunteers. The winners of each of the four categories were announced at our recent Volunteering Conference in Manchester.
The Communications Award, which is given for excellent communication in raising awareness about diabetes and Diabetes UK, was presented to the Diabetes UK Guildford and South West Surrey Voluntary Group for their planning and promoting of a diabetes event in Guildford to raise awareness of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
Working with Children and Young People
The award for Working with Children and Young People went to Claire Pesterfield, a Children’s Diabetes Nurse from Cambridge, for her involvement in the Diabetes UK children’s support holidays. Claire not only organised this year’s holiday in Abernethy, Scotland, but also delivered insulin pump training to all the healthcare professionals that volunteered on the children’s holidays this summer.
The Bryan Walliker Fundraising award, which is awarded for an effective and innovative fundraising event or campaign to raise money for Diabetes UK, was presented to 18-year-old Erith student, Gavin Griffiths. Gavin organised and took part in a two-day 67 mile sponsored run around the Isle of Wight coastal path, as well as organising a concert along the route to boost his fundraising efforts.
Diabetes Care and Services
The award for Work to Improve Quality of Diabetes Care and Services went to Avril Surridge, who for many years has been involved in local and national campaigning and user involvement work for Diabetes UK. In addition, Avril was also presented with the Diabetes UK HG Wells Award for Outstanding Contribution to improving the lives of people with diabetes.
Helen Johnston, Volunteer Development Officer at Diabetes UK, said: “It is fantastic to be able to recognise the achievements of our volunteers. Their dedication and hard work enables us to really make a difference to the lives of people living with diabetes in the UK.”