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Chairman's community awards voting

Previous years awards winners

Previous year's winners

Vote today for your Chairman's community award winners

Read these inspiring stories. Vote for your favourites.

These awards showcase some of the amazing employees we have in our company, who give their time to help others and the world around them.

These people spend their own time:

  • Helping inspire young people
  • Volunteering in communities, and
  • Fundraising for causes close to their hearts.

They're great role models that show their deep rooted devotion to others and we hope their stories inspire you to follow their lead.

Your votes decide who will win. Voting closes on 24 January

All the finalists, their inspiring stories and how to vote feature here.

Each category winner will be the person who has received the most votes. You can vote once in each category and voting closes on 24 January 2018.

Please encourage your family and friends to vote too - share through Facebook, Twitter and your other social media networks.

Winners will be announced on 25 January

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 25 January in Coleman Street, London.


Voting is open to all employees and the public to choose their favorite story. Once all the votes are counted we announce the winner at the ceremony.

Please vote for who you believe deserves to win:

Charity Ambassadors

These people are long standing volunteers, charity fundraisers and organisers.

Volunteers for SANDS

This January, my wife and I’s world was turned upside down after our daughter Patti, was still born 35 weeks and 3 days into our pregnancy.  As is the case for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage or lost their baby or child, it’s very hard to put into words the complete devastation that follows it.

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Daniel Brewin

Volunteers for Opera Foundry

I became involved in this charity as founder member following a meeting with some like-minded people in 2009/2010. We had a collective vision for creating a ‘foundry’ for aspiring pre-professional and emerging professional opera musicians and in order to create a community dynamic wanted to mix these people with a few exceptional and experienced non-professionals singers to enable the transfer of experience and best practice.

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Richard Johnson

Charity – Women’s Aid RCT

This year I am collecting donations for Women’s Aid RCT to help women and children who will be spending Christmas in crisis accommodation. This is something I have been supporting for a few years and I  know just how much these donations help women and children at this time of year.

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Charity - Fareshare Sussex

I moved to Brighton almost two years back and was shocked at the extent of homelessness on the streets, Brighton is second behind London in number of total homeless.

Although what shocked me more, was the number of people struggling with hunger and desperate for food in such a prosperous City.  I researched local food banks, and stumbled across a fabulous charity, called Fareshare Sussex. They collect perishable food waste from locals supermarkets and redistribute to hostels, community centres and the homelessness in Sussex.

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Edward Drake

The Variety Children’s Charity

I was first introduced to Variety through a former work colleague when we set ourselves a challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the charity. For over 60 years Variety has provided specially adapted Sunshine coaches, wheel chairs and equipment for schools that provide care for disabled and special needs children. The coaches provide vital access to the community and a wide range of activities and experiences for the children.

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Gordon Aitchison

Charity Champions

These volunteers take an extraordinary interest in the success of a cause or project while raising funds for their charity.

Charity - My Best friends son Finn McCabe age 12

In July 2017 my friend’s son Finn who was age 11 at the time had been experiencing some difficulty in turning his head and had slight blur in one eye. After taking him to the local opticians he was referred to the hospital for further investigations.  His parents Jo and Lee were given some tragic news that Finn had a very aggressive and inoperable brain tumour which was Terminal.  He was given a prognosis of 9 to 12 months from the time of diagnosis.     

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Samantha Farrell

Volunteers for Tourette’s Syndrome

In 2010 my son Harry Elton-Shewan was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, 7 years on and he has just started studying Performing Arts at Lewes College. He has learnt to cope well with the many challenges that the condition brings, his passion for music, playing the guitar, singing, rapping and dancing have helped him to channel his energy in a positive way. 

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Gary Shewan

Charity OXFAM Cymru

In July 2017 I took part in an Employability workshop that was hosted by OXFAM CYMRU and Business In The Community, the “Skills for Life” project. It was aimed at women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) living in Cardiff.

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Azza Ali

Charity  - Hurst Green School Association, Hurst Green Busy Bees Playgroup and Holland School Association

As a mother of four young children I have got heavily involved in volunteering roles within my local community to help support and run local charities.  Six months after my twins were born, my eldest started at the local infant school, wanting yet another challenge I became a school governor and Treasurer to the school PTA.  For the past two and a half years I took on another Treasurer role in the local playgroup and have recently started getting involved in the Junior School PTA as Treasurer again!

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Katherine Jones

Charity Fundraisers

These volunteers raise funds for charities close to their hearts.

Charity – Cancer Research UK

Cancer research is particular close to my heart, as we have lost my mother in law to this terrible disease and currently a close friend and my sister in law are both battling cancer.  This year I took part in Race for Life and Pretty Muddy (both on the same weekend) and raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research. I baked a cake for Macmillan’s coffee morning.

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Gabriella Rook-Holmes

At the end of 2016 when Kingswood was coming towards its last year before its closure, we decided that we would sell off the old/unwanted furniture.

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Keith Williams

There is no CSR rep in Birmingham, so I have naturally stepped into help all our colleagues who want to raise money for their elected charity. We allocate a charity for each month of the year and plan ahead with what the member of staff wants to do.

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Katrina Cooke

Charity - Martin House Children’s Hospice (on behalf of Team Daniel)

Daniel Long died in February this year and Martin House Children’s Hospice looked after him in the days after he died.  Daniel was just 15 years of age and committed suicide at home one Sunday afternoon, because he felt he could not cope with the pressures of his GCSEs.  Daniel was a Grade A student and achieved A* results in his mock exams, sadly the results published after he died.  Daniel’s mum Emma set up Team Daniel in Daniel’s memory and they are raising money for Martin House.

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Helen Jones

Charity – Marie Curie

I volunteer for Marie curie as I have been closely linked to family and friends who have suffered with various forms of cancer, some have made it and unfortunately some haven’t. Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness at home, when you need them most, day or night. They also give free information and support.

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Pat Williams

Charity Tommy’s

I always wanted to take part in a challenge to honour and raise money in memory of my daughter Hope, who was born sleeping in 2012. It took until 2017 for me to finally find the challenge, the courage and belief in myself.

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Sara Spells

Community Champions

These people are long standing volunteers actively organising causes and projects out of their community.

Charity – The Martlet Hospice in Hove

I have volunteered to put up the Christmas’s Tree’s and Christmas decorations and decorate the courtyard at the Martlet Hospice in Hove for the past 6 years. Once I had done it once I just wanted to go back again as the joy that you bring is amazing and heart-warming.

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Samantha Gridley

Volunteers for Ty Hafan and the Scout Association

VoI have worked with Ty Hafan for 5 years now and am passionate about supporting this charity that provides pediatric palliative care and offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales. In the last 5 years I have taken part in the “Welsh 3 peaks” twice which involved climbing the 3 highest peaks in Wales in a 24 hour period and without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done but also the most rewarding. Doing this twice raised £3,000 for the charity. 

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Mark Jones

Volunteers for Emmaus Brighton & Hove

I became involved due to my interest in providing a long-term sustainable future for people who would otherwise be homeless. Emmaus Brighton & Hove provides accommodation, work and ongoing support to those who live there, and they can stay there forever. It helps to break the cycle of so many who end up back on the streets as they don’t have to move on somewhere else. It’s a true community.

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Sarah Dowling

Charity - Spanish Stray Dogs UK  (SSD UK)

In 2016 via the Spanish Stray Dogs UK Facebook page I adopted a little dog called Toffee. Since then I have done whatever I can to assist this charity.  I send them regular charity donations and I help to spread the word about their existence and the amazing work that they do. I have also made many friends with other SSD UK owners.

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Volunteers for Llanrumney Hall Community Trust

Llanrumney Hall is a listed building dating back to 1450’s and rebuilt in 1800’s and has always been part of the community I grew up in. A local businessman bought a 30 year lease for the hall to create a community centre of excellence for the community and has placed this under trust.

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Joanne Parker

Community Spirit

These volunteers take an extraordinary interest in the success of a cause or project out in their community.

Charity - ASCC (Autism Spectrum Connections Cymric)

At the end of 2016 I attended a workshop that aimed to educate employers on Autism in the Workplace.  I was really touched by the work the charity does and the people it aims to help & so I arranged to meet with them to understand what we could do to support young individuals gain work experience.

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Jenny Atkinson

Volunteers at the ABC Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington.

ABC Animal Sanctuary was founded by Alexandra Bastedo around 30 years ago. For our CSR day in 2016, I went along with my team to help clear an overgrown garden area for the ducks and chickens to roam around in.   I feel very strongly that animal charities do not always get the same level of donations as charities for humans, so I felt that I had to help in some small way, so I began volunteering there earlier this year. 

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Evie Eighteen

Volunteers for WWF World Wide Fund

I went traveling back in 2015, during my travels I saw the negative affects humans have had on the world. When I got home, I started doing research into what charities and organisation that are helping around the world both land and sea. I then found WWF, I loved the fact they didn’t just focus on one issue happening but had teams working all over the globe to try and help our beautiful planet.

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Lily Loft

Charity - The Wallich

I started volunteering on the breakfast run with The Wallich last Christmas. I have helped them with the breakfast run, feeding the homeless and making them aware of available accommodation ever since.  I have also helped by raising money for them by volunteering on weekends in St Davids 2. Most recently I helped raise money for them by selling charity Christmas cards and raffle tickets, raising £161.

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Katie Barnett

Helping Hands

These volunteers give their time to help others.

Volunteers for Big Brother/Big Sister and Manna Food Centre

I have volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and became a mentor to a 12 year old girl. I have volunteered at local retirement facilities by reading, opening mail and helping with activities within the facility. I have also put my crocheting talent to use by making scarves for Special Olympians, hats and scarves for the local homeless, and provided blankets for cats and dogs at the animal shelters in the area.

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Michelle Collins

Clara Ford - Helping Hands

The Martlets’ Hospice – I heard of the need for people to volunteer their time to hand out donation envelopes for the Santa bus appeal which helps the Martlets’ Hospice. My Grandad’s brother was looked after by the Martlets’ Hospice during his later life, like many other people, and I felt that it was my duty to do my best to give something back.

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Clara Ford

Volunteers for Barnsley Hospice

I became a volunteer by emailing the hospice about volunteer vacancies followed by an informal interview with their volunteer and HR coordinator. I wanted to become a volunteer for the Hospice as a big chunk of their funding is charity/fundraiser based. Barnsley hospice is only allowed to fundraise on their “own patch” therefore as a local lass I wanted to give something back to my community and I felt this charity was perfect for me.

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Hannah Leeson

Volunteers for Citizen Schools

I have been concerned about the lack of resources and opportunities available to school children in underserved communities in Chicago. I chose to be involved at a grassroots level through Citizen Schools, an organization that provides hands-on, enhanced after school programming in middle schools.

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Brad Wynne

Volunteers for the MacMillan Horizon Centre, Brighton.

A couple of years ago I was on a team of people at Legal & General who were organising raising money to help build the Horizon Centre. When the build was complete I was really interested to find out what volunteering opportunities were available. I had recently qualified as a Hypnotherapist and already had my coaching qualification so I applied for a role on the Psychological Therapy Team and was thrilled to find out that I had made the team.

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Vikki Lester-Nown

Inspiring Young People

These volunteers regularly use their own time to raise the aspirations of young people. Without these types of volunteers our communities would not have the strength they have today.

Charity - St Joseph’s (Casnewydd) RFC

My son was playing for an age group and my younger son wanted to play. There was a shortage of volunteer coaches and as I had played and helped out with another age group I was asked to start coaching the under 9s team to help out. I also wanted to ensure that all children involved were given the opportunity to play.

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Richard Mainstone

Community Group – Sovereign Saints FC

Having previously been involved in other local youth football clubs it was clear to me that their focus tends to be on winning at all costs and therefore offering football to only “the best”. So in 2003 I launched Sovereign Saints FC with the ethos that youth football should first and foremost be fun and available for ALL.

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Paul Garnell

Volunteers for Aberdare Cricket Club / Ynys View Football Club

I started playing for Aberdare Cricket Club, my local club, at 8 years old. I have played for all the sides within the club during this period and have been involved on the clubs committee since I was 16. I am now also involved with the coaching of our junior section to encourage new talent to keep local cricket alive in the valleys.

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Tim Godsall

In God’s loving Hands and Ballenger Creek Basketball

I became involved with In God’s loving Hands by going to a fundraiser that they were having in 2012.

I became involved with Ballenger Creek Basketball back in 2007 from a co-worker.

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Jonny Maddox