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Vote today for your 2018 Newcastle under Lyme Volunteer of the Year Award

Tue 15 May 2018

Earlier this year, Support Staffordshire asked you to put forward your local Volunteer Super Heroes so they can be nominated for this year's awards…

From over 40 nominations a panel of independent judges has selected the four finalists for Newcastle under Lyme.

Cyrus Hambleton - Caudwell Children

Cyrus is a valued, long standing member of the applications team who has volunteered with Caudwell Children for 5 years. Cyrus volunteers his time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help with the processing of applications. Although the team is split into two buildings, everyone knows Cyrus as he makes an effort every day to go and say hello to each member of the Caudwell Team!

Cyrus helps with day to day data entry and filing and his skills have progressed since he started volunteering with Caudwell Children. This has in turn has helped with Cyrus’s memory and confidence. He also attends fundraising events outside of the charity and is always willing to help out with other departments, such as working for the design department when they are preparing for events.

Cyrus’s involvement with the applications department has allowed the charity to help thousands of disabled children and their families.

Josephine Locker – Go Kidsgrove

Josephine is nominated for her work as chair of the Kidsgrove Town Centre CIC (KTCCIC), a role which she took on in June 2016.

KTCCIC, also known as Go Kidsgrove, is the ‘town team’ for Kidsgrove and Butt Lane and was formed in 2013. Its main aim is to bring together local businesses and residents of all ages to further the economic and cultural well-being of the area.

Josephine joined Go Kidsgrove out of a desire to give something back to the local community in which she had lived for 40 years. Not long after she joined, the then chair stepped down, and Josephine willingly took on the role, despite the group facing some difficult issues at that juncture. Since becoming chair, she has worked tirelessly to encourage businesses and residents to get involved in GO Kidsgrove. Virtually singlehandedly, she has encouraged the majority of Kidsgrove businesses to become members. She has also significantly raised the profile of the organisation with community groups and local residents, forging new relationships and improving old ones.

One of her most significant achievements is the funding of the Christmas lights in Kidsgrove. In 2016 Josephine swung into action encouraging the local community to contribute and it wasn’t long before she raised enough to light up areas that hadn’t seen them for years! She has continued her fundraising efforts to ensure that the lights improve year on year, including winning £1000 worth of lights two years running in a national competition! She also received a ‘Local Legend’ award from ‘Revive and Thrive’ for her work in encouraging community involvement in town centre regeneration.

One of Josephine’s most important skills is that she is able to encourage others to get involved, which of course helps to build their confidence. It isn’t just what she contributes to the local community but how she is creating a legacy of future volunteers.

Linda Baddeley – Newcastle District Scouts

Linda Baddeley has been integral to delivery of scouting in Newcastle since joining Silverdale Scouts as a volunteer supporter in 1983, assisting in organising events and administration. In 2005, she became District secretary and secretary for Silverdale scouts. In 2007, she became Group Chairman of Silverdale scouts, and headed a team to completely re-furbish the Silverdale Scout headquarters.  In 2018, her exceptional service to scouting was recognised by receipt of the National Scout Silver Acorn award.

In preparation for a new national IT system, Linda took on the role of District Administrator, and became one of the County super-users, to facilitate the updating of records.

Additionally, she is a very active member of the district Active Support Unit providing support at such things as sports day, swimming gala and St George’s day parade, and cooking at district events.

Susan Oliver – Guide Dogs

Susan has been a fundraiser and treasurer volunteer with Guide Dogs since 2011. She has shown true dedication to the charity and is a key motivator in the local fundraising group of Newcastle-Under-Lyme. She shows drive and determination and is passionate that visually impaired service users should be part of their local community. Her strong momentum for inclusivity and fundraising is a great motivator for other volunteers within the group, she has worked hard to build a strong core of loyal volunteers who are out every weekend fundraising. She is innovative and constantly seeking new ways to fundraise and raise awareness in the local community.  

She rarely takes a day off and makes a valuable contribution to all fundraising in the area, nothing fazes her. From schools to dealing with large businesses, she is always personable and friendly. She has a wonderful sense of humour and can engage with anyone. Nothing is too much trouble. Sue is open and friendly therefore people are naturally drawn to her. She welcomes new and younger volunteers into the group.

For your opportunity to vote go to www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/your-local-branch/newcastle-under-lyme - or telephone 01538 381356 before 5pm Friday 1st June 2018.