Volunteer / Fundraiser of the Year

2022

SPONSORED BY
Pitcher & Le Quesne

THIS award is to recognise an Islander or a group who has worked tirelessly to raise money for a good cause or who has dedicated time to helping others.

 

The fundraising itself should take place in the Island, but the funds could be spent in Jersey or overseas. They could work alone or be part of a bigger group. Jersey is an Island of fundraisers, but who are the ones who are leading by example?

 

Jersey also has a dedicated army of volunteers who are the heartbeat of many charities and organisations, helping them to keep going thanks to their tireless commitment.

Volunteer / Fundraiser of the Year

2021 FINALISTS
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Will Highfield

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Pete Wright

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Ben Mason

Nominated by Debra Harley

FOR raising over £106,000 for Jersey mental health charities, Ben Mason has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Ben (16), who was also nominated for Mental Health Champion of the Year, decided to fundraise for local mental-health charities supporting young Islanders following the death of his younger sister, Kezia Mason, who took her own life in March of this year. Debra Harley, who taught Kezia, said she wanted to nominate Ben and added: ‘He raised so much money under such duress and during terrible circumstances, as well as in his GCSE year. Mental health is a big thing in Jersey for young people; the last two years have been really difficult with Covid and it’s important to raise awareness. ‘Ben created awareness with a lot of people who otherwise would brush mental-health issues under the carpet. What he has done is so amazing.’ She continued: ‘Ben was so proactive and at such a difficult time in his life he persevered and raised so much money in memory of his beautiful sister Kezia. Ben is very worthy of a Pride of Jersey Award.’

Bevan and Angela Anthony

Nominated by Fiona Le Ber 

FOR their tireless work as members of the Jersey Ostomy Society, which raises awareness and provides emotional and financial support to those with stomas, Bevan and Angela Anthony have been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Following emergency bowel surgery in December 2016, Mrs Anthony had a stoma and since then has dedicated her time to promoting stoma awareness, including allowing a stoma care nurse to video her changing her stoma bag with the aim of helping those beginning their stoma journey. Mrs Anthony has been both treasurer and president of the society while Mr Anthony joined the society committee as secretary in 2019 and has aided the charity through his meticulous administration work. Both Mr and Mrs Anthony also write a quarterly newsletter for the Jersey Ostomy Society that provides updates and information for members. Community bladder and bowel nurse Fiona Le Ber nominated Mr and Mrs Anthony, saying: ‘Bev-an and Angela’s infectious enthusiasm for stoma awareness and supporting Islanders with stomas invigorates the whole JOS committee. ’Mrs Le Ber continued: ‘Both of them are amazing – they do so much for the society. I can always count on them to show their support for others. Angela is always happy to meet other people with stomas and provide support and encouragement. She uses her own experience to help others.’

Cheyenne O’Connor

Nominated by Bella Molloy

CHEYENNE O’Connor has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for her tireless voluntary work with multiple charities, including Brightly, Variety children’s charity, and her own charity It Takes a Village. Miss O’Connor is known for her work protecting children from online grooming, and is part of the Citizen’s Panel created following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. She also helped with the organisation of Children’s Day on 3 July and has taken part in numerous charity fundraisers such as abseiling and a fun run for Jersey Women’s Refuge as well as white collar boxing for Jersey Hospice Care. Nominator Bella Molloy commented: ‘Cheyenne is incredibly deserving. Her passion and integrity are unwavering… Her courage and the way she has risen in the face of adversity deserves to be celebrated. I want her to know she is appreciated by us parents for her work protecting our children. ’Ms Molloy continued: ‘Everything she does is because she cares. As her lovely friend Gary Burgess said “she is relentless”. ‘I am very proud of her and what she has done for all these charities.’

Collette Labey

Nominated by Bill O’Brien

FOR her amazing voluntary work with Diabetes Jersey, Collette Labey has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Mrs Labey has been a dedicated volunteer for the past ten years, and has raised over £100,000 for the local charity. Mrs Labey’s son Johnny, who starred in East Enders from 2015 to 2016, has type 1 diabetes, making this cause close to her heart. Mrs Labey has hosted two shows at the Jersey Arts Centre as well as holding three dinner-dances that have helped  to raise the money.  

Diabetes Jersey chair Bill O’Brien nominated Mrs Labey to acknowledge her amazing efforts, which have enabled the charity to help children across the Island with diabetes. He explained: ‘This is a lot of money, especially for our charity… We have applied the funds to multiple projects including in the past helping children to access technology that eases the burden of inserting insulin. Recently the money has been used for psychological services to children struggling with their diabetes.’ Mr O’Brien continued: ‘Her sustained commitment to the charity and tireless work have helped so many people. Everything she does for us is voluntary and unpaid but she takes on so much all by herself. 

‘Collette is such a wonderful person, who never seeks the limelight’.

Eliza Millen-Swainston

Nominated by Mary Jane Millen

SIX-YEAR-OLD Eliza Millen-Swainston has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for raising £3,000 for Age Concern Jersey. Nominated by her mother, Maryjane Millen, Eliza has been described as ‘an empathetic little girl’ who loves to help others. Ms Millen, who is a carer, explained why Eliza chose to fundraise for Age Concern Jersey, saying: ‘This is a worthwhile charity that is often overlooked for fundraising. Age Concern supports elderly people in Jersey and can be a lifeline for some.’ Eliza has taken part in bucket-shaking in town and is planning to cut off 31 inches of her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust while raising money for Age Concern Jersey. Eliza’s original target was to raise £500 but she has exceeded her goal ‘thanks to the incredibly generous people who donated’. Ms Millen continued: ‘Eliza has stuck with the fundraising in order to help others, which is amazing considering she is only six. She always has a smile on her face in town and is happy to chat with anyone while collecting donations. Eliza lost her father 18 months ago but is always smiling and happy and brings so much joy to those around her. ‘She has had a huge impact on the charity, not just financially – the elderly people she visits at the charity love seeing her as she is such a happy little child.

Evelyn Martin-Foley

Nominated by Nicola Gore

EVELYN Martin-Foley has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for dedicating her spare time to the 6th Jersey Scout Group. Nicola Gore, who also volunteers for the group and submitted the nomination, described Mrs Martin-Foley as ‘unbelievable’ for the amount of effort that she puts into the Scout group, alongside her full-time job. Mrs Gore said: ‘Evelyn is at every event and fundraiser for the Scout group and is at the forefront of all the organisation. She supports everybody and has a tremendous positive impact on our group. She is the first to offer help and always has new ideas for fundraising. ’Mrs Gore explained that at a recent Scout event, Mrs Martin-Foley provided food for over 40 people and said: ‘She puts every-one before herself and finds solutions to everything… She is a credit to the Scout Association. ’She continued: ‘I can’t speak highly enough of Evelyn, and I’m sure anyone else at the Scout group would say the same. I wanted to nominate her as a thank-you from everyone involved with the Scouts. She supports everyone and deserves this recognition.’ 

Flynn and Shea O’Haire

Nominated by Christine O’Haire

BROTHERS Flynn and Shea O’Haire have been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for  their amazing efforts to raise money for Diabetes Jersey. Flynn (7) and Shea (10) ran a mile a day for 100 days to celebrate the discovery of how to extract insulin a century ago, raising a total of £6,000 for the local charity. Flynn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year, making this fundraising challenge close to the family’s heart. Christine O’Haire nominated her grandsons, saying: ‘Flynn’s diagnosis has been difficult for us all but we’re learning how to manage. I think it is marvellous that, even with his own health problems, Flynn wanted to raise money for others in need. I’m very proud of my grandsons.’  

Mrs O’Haire continued: ‘£6,000 is a lot of money that can help a lot of people with diabetes.  

Flynn’s diabetes has been a learning curve and he is facing a lifetime challenge but wants to help others in his position. I think it’s lovely the boys are using this to raise money for charity. ‘The pride I have as a grandparent in these amazing boys raising money for others is beyond bounds. They both deserve recognition for their amazing fundraising.’

Hayley Dewar

Nominated by Claire Pallot

HAYLEY Dewar has been nominated for Volunteer/ Fundraiser of the Year for her commitment to the voluntary role of group Scout leader for the 3rd St Saviour Jersey Scout Group. Mrs Dewar was also nominated in the Community Champion category. In putting her forward for the award, nominator Claire Pallot, who also volunteers with the Scouts, described Mrs Dewar as showing ‘enthusiasm and passion’ for the Scouts. Mrs Pallot commented: ‘The group is only as successful as it is due to Hayley’s drive for the group and the huge amount of work she does keeping everything going behind the scenes. ‘She drives all the group activities and ensures the young people get the most out of any opportunity we’re presented with. She pushes for all the young people to experience Scouting both on and off the Island where possible with a variety of trips and experiences.’ Mrs Pallot wanted to praise Mrs Dewar and show appreciation for all that she does for the Scout group while also managing a full-time job, saying: ‘She drives a family culture within the 3rd Jersey and the young people and leaders thoroughly enjoy the experience and activities we do together. ‘For all the years and time Hayley has given to the Scout Association she is more than deserving of this award.’ 

Kate Hackett

Nominated by Jenny Hackett

FOR challenging herself to complete multiple sponsored walks across the Island and raising over £2,000 for local charities, Kate Hackett has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. 

Ms Hackett underwent life-changing stomach sleeve surgery in 2021 and has used her improved health to benefit others. Nominated by her mother, Jenny Hackett, Ms Hackett has been described as a ‘very charitable’ person who loves to raise money. Ms Hackett has donated to Diabetes Jersey, as well as taking part in the Island Walk, which supports local charities including JSPCA, Durrell, Centrepoint, Age Concern Jersey and Autism Jersey. Mrs Hackett commented: ‘With her determination she has raised a wonderful amount of money by taking on walking challenges where she can and has completed each task. In her spare time, she also creates beautiful cards, hand-painted rocks and other items which she sells at her farm shop where all money goes to charity.’  

Mrs Hackett continued: ‘I’m very proud of her and she has gone from strength to strength. She gets a buzz out of helping others and I think she deserves recognition for her massive effort.’

Louise Bamber

Nominated by Louise Carson

LOUISE Bamber, who dedicates her time to fundraising and volunteering for Jersey Hospice Care, Recycle for Philip’s Footprints, and Meals on Wheels, has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Miss Bamber makes lavender bags and other items that can be sold to fundraise for Jersey Hospice Care and also sorts jewellery that can be sold to raise money for the charity or can be recycled with Recycle for Philip’s Footprints. Miss Bamber was nominated by Louise Carson, who also volunteers at Recycle for Philip’s Footprints and described her as a cheerful person who ‘brightens your day’ and ‘brings a smile to your face’. Mrs Carson said: ‘Louise has such a big heart, and her heart is in everything she does. She always goes the extra mile and is integral to the charities she works with. ’She continued: ‘She is one of those people that is always silent and works in the background. She doesn’t do it for recognition and isn’t someone at the top who al-ways gets the well done. Louise deserves to be congratulated for everything she does.’ Mrs Carson explained that Miss Bamber also went out of her way during Covid lockdowns to provide meals to those isolating, saying: ‘She has a heart of gold’.

Matt Daly

Nominated by Caitlin Dias

MATT Daly has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for setting up his charity Peas and Glove which raises money to help care for his best friend Olly Newman, who was paralysed  following a car accident. Nominated by Caitlin Dias for his selfless work, Mr Daly has been described  as having ‘the biggest heart’. Ms Dias commented: ‘He has devoted his whole life to caring for his  friend, turning down job offers to ensure he was available to help Olly, and has travelled to and from the UK at his own expense to be with Olly during treatments. ‘He also organises charity fundraising 

events locally to raise money to help others in the same position as Olly.’ She continued: ‘Despite his own health limitations, Matt has sacrificed his own life and passions to help and support his best  

friend. He is the life and soul of the charity and, without him, it wouldn’t be as successful as it is.’ 

Ms Dias wants Mr Daly’s tireless work to be recognised by others, saying: ‘Matt deserves to be recognised for his amazing effort and sacrifices.’

Terry McDonald

Nominated by Jean Hamon

TERRY McDonald has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for the help he has provided to partner Jean Hamon with animal rescue and rehabilitation that is entirely self-funded. Mr McDonald and Ms Hamon work tirelessly to rehabilitate injured wildlife as well as providing a home to animals that otherwise would have nowhere to go. Ms Hamon explained how Terry has helped her, saying: ‘He’s always been there to support me. If it hadn’t been for Terry pushing me to carry on I’m not sure I would’ve continued.’ She continued: ‘His help has allowed me to expand what I do and help treat more animals. He’s not someone who relishes the limelight and I wanted to nominate him as a thank you gesture, just saying it doesn’t seem big enough.’ Mr McDonald has also fundraised for the States of Jersey police charity and charities aiding people with spina bifida. Ms Hamon explained: ‘Terry has worked tirelessly over the last 60-odd years to help others less fortunate than himself, that’s the true Jersey way: help each other and be kind. Terry is a real gentleman who has many times been knocked down but he’s got up and continued to help those in need. It’s about time others recognise his hard work.’

Carolyn Coverley

Nominated by Dreena Collins

FOR providing free access to yoga and mindfulness to those most in need, Carolyn Coverley has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Dr Coverley was nominated by Dreena Collins, who said: ‘Carolyn consistently volunteers hundreds of hours of specialist work across the Island. As a qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist, with a Masters in mindfulness, she could be in high demand commercially. Instead, she’s a founding member, secretary and the co-ordinator of Mindfulness and Yoga for All, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing yoga to people who may otherwise have barriers to access, such as financal or mental-health difficulties.’ Described as ‘knowledgeable, patient and friendly’ as well as ‘calming and non-judgmental’ by her students, Dr Coverley ensures her courses are inclusive for everyone, such as offering chair yoga for older adults and adapting courses for those with sight loss. Dr Coverley also volunteers to provide yoga and mindfulness courses at Jersey Recovery College to 128 students. Ms Collins continued: ‘In a world where even wellbeing can have a price, Carolyn embodies the power of kindness and does so for the greater good of the whole community.

Corinna Steer

Nominated by Marina Brockbank

FOR her voluntary work at Jersey Hospice Care over the past seven years, Corinna Steer has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Mrs Steer began volunteering with the charity after her sister and brother-in-law passed away having been cared for at the Hospice, and wanted to repay the charity for the help they provided her family. Mrs Steer volunteers at the Hospice shop in St Ouen two days a week as well as taking part in Jersey Hospice fundraisers. Nominated by Marina Brockbank, Mrs Steer has been described as ‘one in a million’. Ms Brockbank explained the impact Mrs Steer has on the charity: ‘You will always find Corinna doing something, from selling our million-pound lottery tickets to marshalling at one of our sponsored walks, runs or cycles.’ She continued: ‘Corinna really is amazing and will always go the extra mile to help. We would be lost without her and all of her wonderful help.’

Jenny Robinson

Nominated by Sarah Jordan

PROJECT Linus volunteer Jenny Robinson has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for her dedication to the charity. Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children up to the age of 18 who are in need of ‘an emotional or physical hug’. Ms Robinson was nominated by friend and fellow volunteer Sarah Jordan, who said: ‘She’s efficient and she’ll step up and offer support when needed.’ Ms Robinson has been volunteering for Project Linus for over ten years and has been described as maintaining all the charity’s records and being responsible for work behind the scenes. In addition, Ms Robinson often helps with crocheting the blankets. Ms Jordan added: ‘Jenny is an important lynchpin in our team. ‘All in all a wonderful lady and a great friend.’

Muriel Poisson

Nominated by Nicola Poisson

MURIEL Poisson has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for her dedication to fundraising for multiple charities. Mrs Poisson has been organising monthly bingo for the past 35 years to fundraise for local charities. In the past year she has also arranged raffles, taken part in Jersey Hospice’s 10,000 steps a day fundraising challenge, made 14 shoeboxes for Mustard Seed Jersey that were sent to Romanian children in need at Christmas, and raised over £1,000 for the Red Cross. Mrs Poisson, who was made an MBE in 2008 for her commitment to fundraising, has been described as ‘the first one there to help when anyone wants to organise a fundraiser’. Mrs Poisson was nominated by her daughter Nicola Poisson, who said: ‘She always gives up her time to fundraise for any cause. She has run a monthly bingo for 35 years, raising money for numerous Jersey charities, which also brings together members of the community. Lots of her fundraising is community based. She does a lot for St John’s Church and loves her parish community.’

Nominated by Marina Brockbank

FOR her voluntary work at Jersey Hospice Care over the past seven years, Corinna Steer has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Mrs Steer began volunteering with the charity after her sister and brother-in-law passed away having been cared for at the Hospice, and wanted to repay the charity for the help they provided her family. Mrs Steer volunteers at the Hospice shop in St Ouen two days a week as well as taking part in Jersey Hospice fundraisers. Nominated by Marina Brockbank, Mrs Steer has been described as ‘one in a million’. Ms Brockbank explained the impact Mrs Steer has on the charity: ‘You will always find Corinna doing something, from selling our million-pound lottery tickets to marshalling at one of our sponsored walks, runs or cycles.’ She continued: ‘Corinna really is amazing and will always go the extra mile to help. We would be lost without her and all of her wonderful help.’

Nominated by Sarah Jordan

PROJECT Linus volunteer Jenny Robinson has been nominated for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year for her dedication to the charity. Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children up to the age of 18 who are in need of ‘an emotional or physical hug’. Ms Robinson was nominated by friend and fellow volunteer Sarah Jordan, who said: ‘She’s efficient and she’ll step up and offer support when needed.’ Ms Robinson has been volunteering for Project Linus for over ten years and has been described as maintaining all the charity’s records and being responsible for work behind the scenes. In addition, Ms Robinson often helps with crocheting the blankets. Ms Jordan added: ‘Jenny is an important lynchpin in our team. ‘All in all a wonderful lady and a great friend.’

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