High Sheriff of Clwyd celebrates AVOW and the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2020

Volunteers from across Wrexham have been celebrated at this year’s Marjorie Dykins OBE Memorial Awards 2020 where David Wynne-Finch the High Sheriff of Clwyd announced the winners and presented the awards at the virtual ceremony.

Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group and volunteer Anna Buckley of the PISC (The Polish Integration Support Centre) were amongst those presented with their certificates at a virtual event presided over by John Leece-Jones (AVOW Chair).

The awards are in memory of Marjorie Dykins OBE a founder member and Secretary of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (Avow) and were established in consultation with Marjorie’s family.

The Awards Scheme provides two awards – one for an individual volunteer and one for a group of volunteers with £500 for each category winner.

In addition to the nominees and their organisations’ representatives, also present at the event were the Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor Rob Walsh) who read a message form Marjorie’s family, Lesley Griffiths (Welsh Government Minister), Sarah Atherton MP for Wrexham and Avow trustees.

Highly Commended certificates were presented to Maggie Lloyd of Cais, Keith Samuels of Wrexham and District Stroke Group, Derek Delwyn of Bellevue F.C., Menna Davies of Capel-y-Croes and TCC, Councillor Andy Willams, and Overton-on-Dee Village residents.

John Gallanders (Chief Officer of Avow) was also commended for his work in the community in connection with the Covid Pandemic and his work with the voluntary, public and private sectors across Wrexham.

In his address to the winners and nominees the High Sheriff said “This has been an extremely difficult and challenging year for everyone. I’m sure many of us will have had family or friends who have been affected by the events of the last year, and the voluntary sector has played a vital role in supporting our communities particularly those who are vulnerable and isolated.

“I am delighted to be here to help celebrate the selfless and considerable efforts that have been carried out by our wonderful volunteers without any thought for recognition or reward.”

Further information regarding the Awards Scheme can be obtained from Ken Rowlands:

Tel. No. 01978 312556 or e.mail ken.rowlands@avow.org


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