Home   News   Charities   Article

Terry Waite backs ‘excellent’ volunteering awards

By KentOnline reporter

Humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE has thrown his weight behind a scheme to celebrate the hard work of Kent’s army of volunteers.

KM Charity Team honorary patron Terry Waite CBE said the Kent Volunteering Awards were 'an excellent scheme' (12952233)
KM Charity Team honorary patron Terry Waite CBE said the Kent Volunteering Awards were 'an excellent scheme' (12952233)

The inaugural Kent Volunteering Awards are organised by the KM Charity Team, for whom Mr Waite acts as an honorary patron, with the help of third-sector support group Stronger Kent Communities, East Kent College, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and the KM Group.

The former envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who spent nearly five years as a hostage in the Middle East, said “there’s nothing like being able to volunteer” and that the awards were “an excellent scheme”.

The awards aim to celebrate the work of the thousands of people who work selflessly and unpaid every day to provide invaluable community services across Kent, Medway, Bexley and Bromley.

Mr Waite added: “Britain is noted for the fact that right across the years people have volunteered for a whole host of activities, from driving people to hospital to helping young people read books.”

Anybody can nominate either individuals or teams of volunteers for the awards at kentvolunteeringawards.co.uk, and the deadline for doing so is October 27.

Awards coordinator Karen Brinkman said: “Terry is absolutely correct: volunteering is such a wonderful and enriching thing to do, but the people who do it don’t always get the recognition that they deserve.

“As a third-sector organisation, we know how invaluable volunteers’ input is for charities. And we would find it really hard to do what we do without the help of our team of volunteers.

“The work of Sheena, Sue, Ursula, Sandra, Julia and Julie is indispensable both in our office and at our events.

“So I would say, please submit nominations for these awards now.”

Find out more about the awards and submit entries here.

And watch a video in which Mr Waite talks about the awards here:

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More