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Surrey Lieutenancy Award

Published on 08 October 2021 03:30 PM

Four Age UK Surrey volunteers were recognised for exceptional service and presented with a Surrey Lieutenancy Award at a volunteer tea party held at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking. The event was organised to thank all Age UK Surrey volunteers for their outstanding support.

Age UK Surrey Volunteers - Marion Thompson, Mike Roberts, Clive Scott and John Hayman-Joyce - received a Lieutenancy Award from Mrs Lavinia Sealy, Deputy Lieutenant & our Age UK Surrey President, signed and sealed by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux.

On presenting the awards, Lavinia Sealy said “It was so heartening to hear about the outstanding achievements of each of these individuals and their commitment to their volunteering roles with Age UK Surrey during the Covid pandemic. They went ‘over and above’ to ensure that older people were regularly supported in a variety of ways. I hope they feel very proud of their outstanding work. The Lieutenancy Award is a recognition for each of them in their outstanding work - and a thank you for it. You have supported so many older people in Surrey - alleviating loneliness and isolation, keeping people active and giving them companionship through the walking programme, finding new ways to deliver social activities and enabling many more people to volunteer to do these things, which have transformed and enlivened so many lives during the lockdowns and its aftermath. Grateful thanks from the Lieutenancy!”

Mike, Tech Support Lead Volunteer was awarded for managing a team of volunteers for over 20 years and in the last year adapted to provide digital advice and support over the telephone.

Clive, GO50 Walk Lead Volunteer who has led walks for over 10 years, continued to lead walks throughout the pandemic, within regulations.

John, Befriender Volunteer who leads Café Culture social group in Cranleigh, kept in touch with clients throughout the pandemic.

Marion, Volunteer Administrator worked tirelessly with Age UK Surrey’s Volunteer Lead with administration of hundreds of new volunteers dealing with registrations with outstanding calm, efficiency and selflessness during the Covid crisis. playing a central role to ensure continuing support for our emergency services.

Sue Zirps, CEO Age UK Surrey said “We are thrilled that these four volunteers have had their volunteering work recognised by the Surrey Lieutenancy. They were all surprised and humbled to receive their certificates at our recent tea party and they are all thoroughly deserving candidates to receive this prestigious award. I wish to thank all our volunteers across the County who help our clients in so many different ways through a wide range of services and activities.”