Volunteer of the Year
Last year’s winner Aubrey Martin-Wells said he was ‘an ordinary person’ who collected his award on behalf of all Royal British Legion volunteers.
He and wife Anne organise the Festival of Remembrance which is attended by 400 people every November to remember our fallen heroes.
He was nominated by Pastor Ian Newton, of the Church of the Nazarene, who said he was a hero in many ways.
Aubrey, 85, who served in the RAF, said: “It was amazing. I just didn’t expect to win it, I didn’t think I was one of those people until I was nominated.
“I’m just an ordinary person that gets things done and volunteers for things - I never thought of any awards.”
Aubrey is the group chairman of the Legion in Barnsley, but has been involved with the group some 25 years.
He is also the secretary, treasurer welfare officer and regional representative.
As well as organising the Festival of Remembrance, he helps provide servicemen and their families with holiday breaks, essential items and the Legion can even help set them up in business if it is financially viable.
“It’s something that is very important to me”, he said.
Do you know someone who give up their time to volunteer for something close to their heart?
Nominate them using the form at the back of the supplement.
We all know someone who has selflessly devoted themselves to a cause not because they are paid, but because they believe in it.
We want you to nominate these people for our Volunteer of the Year award and show them that we recognise their invaluable contribution to our community and value their good work.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Does your nominee volunteer for a local charity?
- Do they run a kids football team or organise a neighbourhood watch scheme?
- Are they a regular hospital visitor, dementia friend or on the board of school governors?
So long as they are not paid a salary for the work that they do, you can enter them in this category.
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Studying at UCB is also great value for money as fees for full time degrees and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are just £5,995 per year.
Lorraine Copley, assistant principal for Higher Education, said: “University Campus Barnsley offers a great option for students who want to continue their education without moving away from the town. We are committed to giving our students the skills and support needed to go on to achieve great things. Our latest destination of leavers’ survey results show 92 per cent of our students went on to work or further study within six months of graduating which shows just how UCB can prepare you for the next step on your journey.
“We are very pleased to be supporting the Proud of Barnsley Awards once again and are looking forward to hearing the truly inspiring stories of the volunteers nominated in our category. Lots of our students get involved in volunteering during their time at UCB through our Student Union and course placements and we recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to their communities.”
Assistant Principal for Higher Education