Charity Champion sponsored by C.C.P.
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The Charity Champion Award sponsored by C.C.P. recognises someone who has consistently contributed to the charity sector.
Winner: Paul Pegrum
Paul went above and beyond to raise money in memory of a friend and veteran who died whilst on operations not from wounds sustained but a brain tumour, Cai Davies. They met in Iraq while Cai was serving and Paul was there when Cai first started showing signs something was wrong.
When Paul heard Cai had passed he didn't hesitate and jumped to raise funds for others. Despite his own injuries from accidents past Paul cycled the LEJOG challenge from Lands-end to John O Groats solo and unsupported in just 14 days. He raised nearly £6000 for the Brain Tumour Trust. Cai's wife has, in turn, supported Pauls efforts and couldn't be prouder to have Paul raise money in Cai's memory. At 52 Paul is an inspiration, putting your time and energy into something so arduous even after losing his friend.
Paul documented his journey via blogs which made it much more real, everybody could see the strength required as Paul was looking very tired every day. A challenge like this with no support is no mean feat and every respect goes to Paul for raising the awareness of this charity by completing this mammoth task.
Finalist: Adrian Mckie
It is with the greatest of pleasures that we nominate Adrian Mckie for his contribution to our charity. Ade volunteers at National Star 4 mornings a week in our college garden. He gives up his own time to support and work with the young people with complex disabilities here at the charity.
He also volunteers at all of our fundraising events including doing extra hours at our abseil event, a double shift at a Xmas bag pack and taking a new volunteer under his wing and helping out manning our stall at Midsummer Fiesta and bucket collecting at Cheltenham Races. Ade is driven by a personal story and connection to the charity which I am sure he would be happy to share with you. Nothing is too much trouble for Ade and he is a true diamond - if only there were more Ade's in the world! Here are some testimonials from staff about Ade:
"He is amazing. He came to volunteer at the college and is truly committed to the college, students and staff.
He is hardworking, conscientious, and has built a great rapport with the students and all those he works with. He comes to work with the students 4 mornings a week rain or shine, is adaptable and willing to take on any type of task."
"Ade works with one of my students. He is a student with autism and high anxiety. When the student started Ade joined him in the day area to build up relationships and start some gardening. Ade now has a fantastic relationship with him and they both thoroughly enjoy Thursday mornings. Ade has been lucky enough to see a massive change in the student, where he is now accessing different parts of the main site to do different gardening activities. The student has been able to work to reduce his anxieties of 'getting mucky' when gardening all thanks to Ade. I couldn't thank him enough for working with him."
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