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CHICKS Volunteers win Room To Reward: Hotel Breaks for Hidden Heroes


Two of our amazing volunteers, Dave Rendle and Jan Leverton were both nominated for, and awarded, certificates from Room to Reward: Hotel break for Hidden Heroes.

The Room to Reward Hotel Break for Hidden Heroes offers organisations a way to say 'thank you' and give a little something back to the 'Hidden Heroes' - the amazing people who, day after day, make real differences to the lives of others.

Both were nominated by Mick Ryan, our Regional Fundraiser for Cornwall who explained: “Dave is not only a CHICKS volunteer and ambassador but also a good friend.  He has been volunteering on respite breaks with us since 2007 when the Moorland Retreat in Devon opened and has been a massive help to various departments at CHICKS; he volunteers on breaks, drives the minibuses, gives presentations, encourages people to support us in different ways and attends and works at as many charity events as possible. Dave also keeps busy by helping other local charities and has worked in rural areas abroad with Raleigh International.  I am extremely grateful to Dave for the incredible amount of help, advice and support he has given me over the last 10 years – in fact he is volunteering at his 50th respite break at our Daleside retreat this month.”

Mick Ryan went on to explain: “I have known Jan since she started volunteering for CHICKS in 2014.  In that time Jan has volunteered on many Respite Breaks, represented CHICKS at cheque presentations and worked on our charity stand at dozens of fundraising events.  Jan always has a cheerful, positive attitude and tells everyone how wonderful CHICKS is making her a perfect ambassador for the charity – she is a real inspiration.”

Of her nomination and award, Jan Leverton said “CHICKS for me is fun, happy, awesome and rewarding. I just love it - like another family. And as for the award, I was surprised and delighted and proud to volunteer for such a fab charity!”

As well as receiving their certificates, Jan and Dave have both been able to choose at stay at one of over 180 UK hotels for their much-deserved rewards!

A huge thank you from all of us at CHICKS to both Dave and Jan – our charity is so lucky to benefit from such wonderful, fun and dedicated volunteers.

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