Sported – Volunteers Week Celebrations

In keeping with our Volunteers’ Week celebrations, we are delighted to announce that the 12 Sported volunteer mentors to be nominated for the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Award 2015 are:

  • Amanda McDonald – West Midlands
  • Anas Hassan – London
  • Clive Barnard – Wales
  • Derek May – North West
  • Frank McGlone – Northern Ireland
  • John Horton – South East
  • Maggie Pankhurst – East Midlands
  • Martin Briggs – South West
  • Martin Corck – East
  • Neil Rutherford – Scotland
  • Peter Lodge – Yorkshire & Humberside
  • Sue Martin – North East

The award was launched this year to celebrate the life of Vanessa Brown – a much loved Sported staff member and friend – who sadly passed away a year ago today.

The annual award recognises the outstanding contribution made by Sported’s volunteer mentors to the growth and development of our 3,000-plus members. Each of our 12 Regional and National Managers had the very difficult task of narrowing down and nominating just one volunteer from their respective region to be shortlisted for this year’s award.

Commenting on the launch of the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Award, Sir Keith Mills said: “It is a great honour to celebrate the life of our much missed friend and colleague with the launch of the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Award. 

I had the pleasure of working closely with Vanessa for many years, and will always remember her incredible warmth, humour and passion for all things sport. It’s a fitting tribute then, that we recognise the contribution she made to Sported by honouring another special group of people – our volunteer mentors. These unsung heroes remain central to Sported’s work as a charity and thanks to their efforts young people across the UK are being given unique opportunities to transform their lives. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteer mentors and to congratulate those shortlisted.”  

The inaugural winner of the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Award has been selected by a guest panel of judges and will be announced at a special celebratory dinner at the House of Lords on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted and a huge thanks to all our supporters this Volunteers’ Week.
The Sported team

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