SWR volunteers honoured at awards ceremony

25th April 2016

Two of our volunteers have received accolades at a glittering awards ceremony to celebrate unsung heroes across the borough.

The annual Borough’s Big Thank You Awards saw a record number of nominations this year and among those were our volunteers, Julie Blackett and Alex Harvey who were invited to attend the awards evening at Scarbough Spa on Tuesday 19 April.

Julie was shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to the charity. Among the many things Julie has done is raising £1,500 by organising a chocolate making evening and amassing a huge number of raffle prizes for various fund-raising events.

Julie has also undertaken volunteer training up to be a side by side worker and currently volunteers twice a week in our office doing admin and manning the phone.

Alex, a former journalist at the Whitby Gazette, was shortlisted for Charitable Fundraising for spearheading our PR campaign #SaveSWRMind after we were faced with closure.

Alex’s nomination read: “In, 2015 SWR Mind lost its main fund-raiser. Unable to find anyone in the short term and with a financial crisis, the remaining staff were struggling to get coverage of the potential closure and secure the £25,000 needed to remain open.

“In stepped Alex who volunteered to support us with PR. As a small we usually raised around £20.000 a year locally but this year with Alex’s help, we have raised over £70,000. Without her knowledge and dedication, we would have closed.”

The Borough Big Thank You Awards are run by the Mayor of the Borough in conjunction with The Scarborough News, Filey and Hunmanby Mercury and Whitby Gazette.

Julie and Alex were both presented with a certificate in recognition of their efforts from Scarborough’s mayor Councillor Tom Fox at the prestigious ceremony.

Sophie Hall, Interim CEO for SWR Mind said: “We can’t thank Julie and Alex enough for their efforts. “Without our amazing volunteers quite simply we could not do what we do without them.”