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Maggie represents HARP at 2024 Awards

Earlier this year, as organisations up and down the country began thinking about how they would mark National Volunteer's week, we saw the announcement of the inaugural Southend Volunteer Awards. The Awards dinner took place at the Roslin Beach Hotel on June 27th, 2024. 


“Southend-on-Sea is a diverse and vibrant city, with a unique tapestry of communities that contribute to its character and spirit. Our volunteers are the backbone of our city, working tirelessly to foster an inclusive, supportive, and vibrant environment that transcends cultural and social barriers.” - SAVS


HARP celebrated the contribution of its own volunteers on Friday 7th June at an afternoon tea celebration held at The Royal Hotel. At this event awards were given to volunteers to recognise length of service and to celebrate those volunteers who bring a little extra to their duties. One recipient was Maggie Payne who was nominated by staff across HARP as an Inspirational Volunteer


Maggie has been volunteering for HARP for over 8 years. She volunteers once a week in our Southchurch Road shop and once a week in the Vera House kitchen. As well as her regular volunteering, Maggie also volunteered once a week at our cold weather shelter from November 2023 to March 2024.

This is a picture of two women posing with one woman holding two framed certificates. The women are in a well lit and busy function room
Stevie and Maggie at HARP's volunteer celebration 7th June 2024

It was Maggie's commitment that saw her nominated for the Inspirational Volunteer award at the Southend awards event. Volunteer coordinator Stevie Hickman was overjoyed to find out that Maggie was a finalist for this award while Maggie confessed she was lost for words. Both Maggie and Stevie got dressed to impress when they nervously attended the event on Thursday.


On the night, the Inspirational Volunteer Award went to Run Free & South East & Central Essex Mind volunteer, Chris Phillips. Maggie was presented with a 2024 finalist certificate which is certainly something to be very proud of.

This is a picture of a woman smiling while holding up a certificate which states that Maggie Payne is a finalist for Inspirational Volunteer
Maggie with her finalist certificate at the Southend Volunteer Awards 2024


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