Star Volunteers get the Ambassador’s seal of approval

7 July 2014

Dedicated volunteers won praise from the Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub at Norwood’s annual Star Awards, last week.

The charity’s second annual volunteer awards was hosted by Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and his wife Zehava on Thursday 3 July. The Awards were chaired by Rachael Davis-Stollar, former Chair of the Board of YN.

The charity, which supports children and adults with learning disabilities and vulnerable families, relies on over 650 volunteers who help in its services and who staff its high street shops. Thousands more raise money for the charity. This year the awards received hundreds of nominations.

Daniel Taub said: “Zehava and I are delighted to be able to host an awards event for Norwood volunteers. We have had the opportunity to spend time with many Norwood service users – indeed some helped us to build our Sukkah – and it is a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to the remarkable people who make Norwood’s wonderful work possible. We are also excited to see how the links between Norwood and Israel, whether through Birthright trips, using Israeli educational technologies, or sponsored rides in the Galil, are continuing to deepen.”

Rachael Davis-Stollar said: “We were absolutely delighted with the sheer volume and diversity of the nominations this year. Every nominee was deserving and our winners this year stood out as particularly unique in their activity and dedication to Norwood. These Awards are an opportunity for Norwood to thank its incredible volunteers for all they do, and we are so grateful to The Ambassador and his wife for their generosity, their time and their inspiring words to all of our nominees about the true meaning of volunteering. It is a privilege to be able to honour those who consistently give so much to such a special charity, and I know I speak for the whole panel when I say how proud we are.”

Young Star Award went to 18 year old Charlotte Archer, who has been volunteering at Unity for two years. Abigail Shaw and Gabriel Salinger, who single-handedly organise Ohr HaYeled, Norwood’s outings group for children from orthodox backgrounds, won the Lady J Star award.

The Star Supporter award was awarded to Paul Tuhrim for his tireless efforts to enable his friend who uses a wheelchair raise funds for Norwood on the charity’s cycle rides.

Jane Philips, Norwood’s Volunteer Placements Team Manager won the Star Employee award and Daniel Hannam, who helped lead Norwood’s 2013 Birthright trip to Israel, received this year’s Special Commendation Award.

Fundraising Star Award went to the YN Property Committee.