Volunteers Recognised at Awards Ceremony
An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of Midlands Air Ambulance and West Midlands Ambulance Service.
The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science and Mills & Reeve, was held at The International Centre in Telford on Tuesday 20th November. West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said; "Tonight is an opportunity to stand back and reflect on the excellent work that you do and to say ‘thank-you’. Very often, we don’t say thank-you enough. I would like to say how very proud I am of all of you; all of our volunteers, all of our staff regardless of the role you fulfil."
The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum said; "Time – it is precious thing. What we are here to celebrate is the people who give up a very special component of their life called time. Today, everybody is under such a great deal of pressure. The amount of time people have got to spend is quite limited and what we are here for today is to celebrate the people who have chosen to give up that element of time to the dedication of humanity, the public they serve in all the different ways we have heard about this evening and the different ways they will continue to serve."
Presenting some of the awards, John Abram, the High Sheriff of Shropshire said: "One of my objectives as High Sheriff is to support and encourage voluntary work in our communities and, in particular, to thank the people who give so generously of their time and talents in the service of others. This award ceremony not only provides an opportunity to help me to achieve this objective … but also demonstrates the value that West Midlands Ambulance Service places on the support it receives from a variety of voluntary groups."
Pat Roberts was awarded Midlands Air Ambulance Volunteer of the Year. Pat, from Shenstone near Lichfield, has been a volunteer with the Charity since 2009. Pat is kept very busy attending numerous cheque presentations, giving talks to various groups and attending lots of events all in the name of Midlands Air Ambulance. Pat is also very active in the community and demonstrates a selfless commitment to the Charity.
Terry Bailey was awarded Fundraiser of the year for the life saving charity. Terry has been fundraising for the Charity since March last year and is very active in his area. He is always finding new locations to put collecting tins and often undertakes street collections as far afield as The Black Country. Terry is out most weekends helping at various events as well as building up his personal fundraising tally, which currently stands at well over £7,000. The next project for Terry is a Six Counties fundraising walk in 2013.
Congratulations to both award winners!