Volunteer Award

The Volunteer Award finds exceptional people who have made an outstanding contribution to their organisation and the sector.

The winner

The judges selected three inspiring individuals as the finalists. The winner was announced at the awards ceremony on 26 February.

Tim Eden, childhood cancer specialist with World Child Cancer and past SIOP President – “Professor Tim Eden, a UK childhood cancer specialist, has helped to improve and save the lives of thousands of children with cancer in the developing world.”

The finalists

Ann Norris, volunteer with VSO – “Ann Norris’s passion and influence has truly changed the future for thousands of Albanians living with a disability.”

Shamim Abdullah, volunteer with Islamic Relief UK – “We see her as an inspiration and outstanding volunteer in the Islamic Relief family since 2013.”

The nominees

We asked you to nominate your outstanding volunteers, who have devoted their time, energy, passion and expertise to international development. Click on the names below to find out more about them.

Ian Fleming, volunteer anaesthetist with Orbis UK – “Ian Fleming has dedicated his free time over the past 12 years to helping to ensure that no-one leads a life of unnecessary darkness.”

John Rees, professor emeritus at King’s College London – “He has had a direct impact on ensuring the next generation of doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone and Somaliland are prepared to handle health challenges”

Rebecca Rees, field evaluation coordinator at GlobalGiving UK – “Becca gave her all to GlobalGiving on her placement from University and as a result gained new knowledge, new skills and confidence.”

Rosalyn Bird, trustee of Virtual Doctors – “She is passionate about the cause but has been prepared to be the support person, making things happen without seeking the limelight.”

Vera Wilton, volunteer optometrist with Vision Aid Overseas – “She has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of individuals, and has done it all with exemplary enthusiasm and dedication.”