Maureen Wise from Lambeth named Community Volunteer of the Year at NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards
The NSPCC’s Childhood Champion Awards shone a spotlight on the charity’s unsung heroes who support its work.
The awards, which launched in 2016 and run every two years, recognise the valuable contribution of the NSPCC’s outstanding volunteers and celebrate those who go the extra mile.
Maureen Wise was awarded the national title Community Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at Banking Hall, London and received a certificate signed by HRH The Countess Of Wessex, the NSPCC’s patron.
The event also featured presentations by Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC; Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder of ChildLine and Trustee; and Mark Wood, Chairman of the NSPCC.
There were 12 award categories which honoured the commitment, creativity and contribution of NSPCC volunteers:
- Outstanding Achievement of the Year
- Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year
- Schools Volunteer of the Year
- Childline Volunteer of the Year
- Children’s Services Volunteer of the Year
- Employee Volunteer of the Year
- Event Volunteer of the Year
- Community Volunteer of the Year
- School of the Year
- Branch of the Year
- Corporate Partner of the Year
- Volunteer Leader of the year
Maureen was awarded for working as a volunteer for the NSPCC for the past 32 years.
Over the years Maureen has carried out various tasks in the London and South East area to help raise money for the children’s charity. These include calling groups and businesses in the community encouraging them to support or engage with the charity; personally contacting London Marathon runners to wish them luck and provide encouragement for their training and fundraising efforts; collected donation buckets from various locations; and attended fundraising events where she lends a helping hand.
The 73-year-old said: “I’m delighted to have supported the NSPCC over the years. The NSPCC means so much to me and I was shocked and incredibly happy to learn I had won the national as well as the regional award.
“I never realised when I had had a few days spare 32 years ago to volunteer for the charity that I would be here for such a long time. But as long as I am able I will continue to support such an important cause.”
Liane Smith, Head of Volunteering at the NSPCC explained: “We have around 11,000 volunteers across the NSPCC – incredible people who are committed to sharing their passion, skills and time.
“Without all of our amazing volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do for children and we’re thankful for what each and every single one of them is able to give.”
There are many ways to support the work of the NSPCC – for example by volunteering to help teach children about the signs of abuse through the Speak Out Stay Safe service, volunteering for Childline or taking part in an NSPCC event.
To find out more about what you can do, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do