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Volunteer honoured for her dedication

A ‘caring and compassionate’ John Taylor Hospice volunteer has been presented with an award in recognition of her outstanding contribution.

Jenny Hall was named Long-term Volunteer of the Year at the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) Awards held at Soho House, Handsworth.

Held during National Volunteers’ Week in June, the special event shines a light on the work of volunteers across the city, celebrating the difference that they make in their local community.

Jenny, who lives in Erdington, volunteers as a host in John Taylor’s day hospice where people are offered specialist advice and support along with the opportunity to take part in group activities.

Community Engagement Officer Mark Jones explains: “From arts and crafts to theatre and games, our day hospice is a hub of activity, a place to make new friends and a way to access physical, emotional, spiritual and social support.

“Jenny has volunteered with us for many years and plays a vital role at the hospice. Whether she is supporting activities, reassuring a new patient or even supporting our staff, Jenny always goes the extra mile. She’s also an active fundraiser – attending hospice events and organising her own.

“She is bubbly and vivacious with a wonderful sense of humour. You can often hear laughter coming from the day hospice and know that Jenny is at the centre of it!

We’re absolutely delighted that Jenny has been presented with this award as she’s a shining example of the difference that volunteers make in their community every day. We’re incredibly proud of her.

Voluntary sector support organisation BVSC, based in Digbeth, received 105 nominations for this year’s Volunteer Awards – a celebration that’s now in its fourth year. Guests at the afternoon tea reception at 18th-century Soho House included Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Anne Underwood and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Speaking after the ceremony, Jenny said she was shocked to have been presented with the accolade. “When my name was called out I was gobsmacked!” said Jenny. “It was a fantastic surprise and I really enjoyed the awards ceremony. Just to be nominated was absolutely wonderful so to actually win was just the icing on the cake.

“I love volunteering at John Taylor Hospice and I’d do anything to support the staff, patients and fellow volunteers. I’ve made close friends and feel very lucky to be part of such a terrific team.”

Upon hearing the news of Jenny’s award, day hospice visitor Gerald McCarty spoke of his delight.

He said: “I’ve known Jenny for many years and she’s warm, kind, compassionate and very approachable. She has a great personality and really gets involved in our group activities. It is wonderful news that she has won this award and we’re all so happy for her.”

From welcoming visitors in the hospice reception to working behind the scenes maintaining the grounds, John Taylor’s team of dedicated volunteers make every moment matter for local families. To find out how you can get involved visit www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/get-involved.

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