Five up for a WHT Community Award for volunteering
PUBLISHED: 09:50 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 18 May 2018
Thanks to reader nominations, the WHT Community Awards have their very own Famous Five.
Four humans and a dog are all in the running for one of the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards.
Janet Clarke ensures pupils at St Giles’ C of E Primary School are nourished - both with good food, and good books.
The ex-teacher runs the school library and maintains the vegetable garden on an entirely voluntary basis.
“Janet enriches our school with her time, experience and knowledge,” said St Giles’ school business manager Rosie Willett, who nominated her.
A volunteer from Herts Young Homeless (hyh), Daniel Smith, has been nominated for his work with the charity.
Daniel Smith, 25, is also passionate about the charity.
At hyh he has joined fundraising events, given his IT and design skills, supports other volunteers, and has represented the charity at conferences.
Leonie Madden, who nominated him, said: “He does all this on top of working full time, and being a father to his two young children.
“Daniel is a shining example of social action.”
Local mum Hayley Perry, 30, from Peartree, started volunteering for the YMCA in 2016 and has made a huge difference in many young people’s lives.
In one instance, she helped a girl make a new start at a local hairdressers after she had been excluded from school.
“Hayley goes the extra mile for young people,” said Timothy Lengden, who nominated her.
Therapy dogs are also being recognised. Dawn Sheldrick has been nominated for her work with PAT (Pets as Therapy) dogs at the Lister Hospital.
Christina Moore, who nominated her, said she goes above and beyond with every visit to the wards. “I have observed Dawn create magic on many occasions.”
Meanwhile, dog owner Steph Hartley has nominated her PAT dog himself, Romeo, who also visits the Lister as well as care homes. “Romeo is incredible,” she said. “He cheers both staff and patients up.”
He also has saved 26 canine lives by donating blood, and has raised hundreds of pounds for charity.
To nominate someone for any of the awards, see www.whtcommunityawards.co.uk