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Volunteer brings world-class yachts to Northern Ireland

Jackie Patton joined Ballyholme Yacht Club as a young person in 1976 and is currently a Director on a voluntary basis. Having grown up volunteering with the Ocean Youth Trust she knew what a difference volunteers could make and quickly began a programme to involve more local people in Ballyholme. Under Jackie’s stewardship, she coordinates […]

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Pete’s perfect pitch

62. Pete Smart

Pete has been groundsman at Redland Lane for the past twenty years and is now Honorary Life President of the Westbury Youth Football Club, providing Westbury’s young sportspeople with one of the best playing surfaces for grassroots football in Wiltshire. Having previously coached Warminster Town’s Youth team for two decades, he has a keen eye […]

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Flying Doctor

61. Tom Moore

A 65 year old man who has flown over 500 missions for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the latest winner of a new volunteering award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Dr Moore has a long history of using his medical skills in the voluntary sector. In 1983 he jointly set up the […]

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Brook House Founder

60. Yvonne Jarvis

Run entirely by volunteers, the Christian charity reaches out to marginalised people in the community who have dependency and behavioural issues. At the heart of the charity is Brooke House itself, a lodging house which has space to accommodate 12 people aged between 18-65 years old and provides a range of different services for its […]

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Future First

59. Jake Hayman

 He organised a group of his former school mates to go visit the school school and provide relatable careers advice to the current students. The session was a hit and, in 2008, aged just 26, Jake set up an organisation called Future First to build networks of former students to do the same in state […]

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Cycling Club Hero

58. Alison Grant

Alison joined the Slipstreamers Club 14 years ago, when her son was a very young rider. Inspired by the benefits the club had to offer the young members, and realising that with more adult help these could be even greater, she started volunteering for the club. She now devotes many hours of her time performing […]

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Tour Maker

57. Maxine Green

Acting as a ‘Way Finder’ Maxine was the friendly face that welcomed visitors to the area and directed them safely around the opening stage of the event. Her over-and-above enthusiasm for the role meant that she was asked to help support the training of other volunteers in the lead up to the event.  Beyond the Tour, […]

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Junior Football Guru

56. Mel Woodards

  Having taken the courageous decision to leave her ex-husband, Mel was suffering from depression and low-self-esteem. But equipped with a love of football and a determination to change things, Mel became involved with a junior team her six year old son played with. Mel started by collecting the weekly match fees for the team. […]

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