Fantastic year for volunteers

A group of Sustrans' volunteers from Northern Ireland

Monica Downey (pictured on the left), Northern Ireland individual winner

A group of Sustrans' volunteers from Wales

Graham Harper (pictured second from the left), Wales individual winner

Sustrans Trans Pennine Trail Conservation group

The Trans Pennine Trail Conservation volunteers group during the Great British Rake Off - joint winner of this year's group award.

3 November 2015

Forget the Oscars, it’s the most important awards of them all: The 2015 Sustrans volunteer awards.

Our annual awards give us an opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers and celebrate their achievements over the past year. It’s a great way to give something back to them for their amazing contributions. 

- Katie Aartse-Tuyn,
Sustrans Senior Project Officer, Volunteer Engagement
These annual volunteer awards celebrate the fantastic achievements of our volunteers across the UK. This year has been the hardest yet, with so many fantastic winners and nominations.

There are 14 winners in total this year, 12 individual volunteers from each region and nation and two overall winning groups.

All of the winners have received their awards for their hard work, dedication and commitment to Sustrans.

Our volunteers carry out a huge range of activities, from looking after the National Cycle Network, leading rides or walks, helping to transform streets into places for people and volunteering in local schools and universities.

Individual winners

  • Scotland: Colin Clark, community volunteer and ranger
  • Wales: Graham Harper, group co-ordinator North East Wales volunteers group
  • Northern Ireland: Monica Downey, volunteer ranger
  • London: John Inman, volunteer ranger
  • South East: Cecilia Fry, events volunteer and ranger
  • South West: Rob Ladd, group co-ordinator Monkton Coombe to Great Elm volunteers group
  • East of England: Jim Chisholm, volunteer ranger
  • East Midlands: David Martin, group co-ordinator Grantham volunteers group
  • West Midlands: Mike Barr, group co-ordinator Stoke and North Staffordshire volunteers group
  • North East: Vera Davison, volunteer ride leader
  • North West: Peter Brocklehurst, volunteer ranger
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: Tony Keates, group co-ordinator Richmondshire volunteers group

Joint group winners

  • Trans Pennine Trail Conservation volunteers, Penistone
  • Renfrewshire Thursday squad, Renfrewshire

Each of our 4,000 volunteers play an integral part in what we do and their contributions to almost every area of our work is invaluable.

So far this year, volunteers up and down the UK have recorded a huge 33,962 hours, maintaining the National Cycle Network, running stalls at events, and organising activities in communities, schools and workplaces.

Katie Aartse-Tuyn, Senior Project Officer, Volunteer Engagement said:

“All 4,000 of our volunteers make a huge difference and help us to reach even more people in communities, schools, universities and workplaces; and they help to look after thousands of miles of the National Cycle Network. Our annual awards give us an opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers and celebrate their achievements over the past year. It’s a great way to give something back to them for their amazing contributions.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and runners up. We look forward to another fantastic year for both Sustrans and our volunteers.

We have a variety of volunteer vacancies across the UK – we’d love you to join us!

Meet some of our volunteers.

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