Stars honoured at Chief Rabbi’s house

9 July 2013

I feel like I’ve won an Oscar in the volunteering world! I feel very emotional and I would like to thank all of Norwood, the committee, my father, my mother and my pet poodle. Thank you for allowing me to be part of a charity that really makes a difference!

Lady Sacks hosted the inaugural Norwood Stars Awards at an evening reception on Thursday 4 July 2013. The Norwood Stars Awards, chaired and presented by Rachael Davis-Stollar, former Chair of the Board of YN (Young Norwood), were launched this year to honour Norwood's exceptional volunteers and those involved in community engagement activities. Numerous nominations were received across a number of categories, from teenagers to octogenarians, with those nominated invited to Lady Sacks' home for the awards ceremony. Lady Sacks herself had been on the selection panel of Norwood's previous wider volunteering awards and spoke about the difficulty in choosing winners from such deserving nominees.

The evening’s winners were: Caroline Arnold, who received a Special Commendation for her longstanding involvement with Norwood, latterly with the Social Enterprise team taking on a variety of volunteer roles as well as being heavily involved with fundraising events.

Bethany Hirschberger, won the Young Star award for her outstanding volunteering contribution in our Stanmore shop. Bethany was nominated due to how much it was felt that both she and the shop have gained from her volunteering.

Sharon Green, won the Community Engagement Star award for being Norwood’s ‘unofficial – official’ photographer, saving Norwood thousands of pounds and taking some wonderful photographs over the years at many of our fundraising events and challenges.

Daryl Freeman, a Family Centre Creche worker at Kennedy Leigh, won the Star Employee award for supervising over 50 volunteers who help to run many of the groups for children and babies. Daryl was described as an ‘inspiring’ role model for volunteers.

Mitchell Wax, a Cultural Assistant, won the Lady J Star award for his extensive contribution to Norwood over the years, travelling from London to lead Norwood’s Shabbat Services at Ravenswood on a monthly basis and revising all of the siddur and prayer books.

Sharon Green, who won the Community Engagement Star Award said: "I feel like I’ve won an Oscar in the volunteering world! I feel very emotional and I would like to thank all of Norwood, the committee, my father, my mother and my pet poodle. Thank you for allowing me to be part of a charity that really makes a difference!"

Rachael Davis-Stollar said of the Awards: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been asked to chair the selection panel of the Norwood Stars Awards. Norwood is a wonderful charity, providing life-changing services for so many people. Seeing how much volunteers give for free of their time, energy and creativity is truly inspiring, and having the opportunity to honour these volunteers was very moving – such is the magic of Norwood. The response to the Awards has been overwhelming and all of us on the panel, together with everyone at Norwood, are very proud."

For information regarding volunteering opportunities, please contact volunteering@norwood.org.uk or visit our webpage.