Nine volunteers receive Certificate of Honour for their services to others in the community

By Sarah Edwards

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks recognised nine volunteers for their dedication and exceptional service to others in a local community in Oxford with a Certificate of Honour during a special ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks said “The Certificates of Honour mark the many varied and often unrecognised services undertaken in the city of Oxford by invaluable volunteers. It is a great honour to celebrate the achievements of these individuals as one of my last duties as Lord Mayor of Oxford. Without their dedication, support and selflessness, much of what is delivered in this City would just not happen.”

Those who received a Certificate of Honour were
Gill Begnor – For service fundraising for the Oxford Cancer Centre.
Ros Crook – For service as a listening volunteer for Oxford Samaritans.
Julie Hester – For over 15 years of service as a volunteer reader for ARCh Way.
Cat Kelly – For organising Folk Arts Oxford on a voluntary basis since 2012.
Raymond Lee – For over 30 years of service as a volunteer with St John’s Ambulance.
Elaine Steane – For over 15 years of service as a volunteer reader for ARCh Way.
Alice Street Soden – For voluntary service with St John’s Ambulance since 2012.
Bill Tollett – For service as a listening volunteer for Oxford Samaritans.
Stuart Waddington – For supporting the homeless both in Oxford and internationally.

The Certificate of Honour is awarded to individuals who have carried out exceptional
Voluntary work in Oxford, regardless of where that person may live.

This annual celebration recognises the huge effort, commitment and contribution each person has made to their local and wider community and the importance of the voluntary sector in creating a better society for us all to live in.

The nominations were considered by a panel of independent judges, the Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor, Jean Fooks, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE and the Director of Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA), Kathy Shaw.
After the ceremony the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks hosted a reception for the winners and their guests.