Chairman’s community award winners 2017
Previous year's winners
Charity Ambassador – Daniel Brewin
Volunteers for SANDS
This January, my wife and I’s world was turned upside 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.
Charity Champion – Gary Shewan
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.
Charity fundraiser – Helen Jones
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.
Community Champion – Mark Jones
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.
Community Spirit – Jenny Atkinson
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.
Helping Hands – Brad Wynn
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.
Inspiring Young People – Tim Godsall
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.
Special Award – Bill Hughes
Both in and out of work, Bill motivates and inspires all those he comes into contact with and is constantly seeking out new challenges.
- Joining a choir which then led to him performing at the Albert Hall and St Paul’s!
- Part of a small team that raised in excess of £40,000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity, climbing up Mount Toubkal in Morocco, North Africa’s highest peak, to help Variety buy two mini buses.
- Taking part in Étape rides (stages of the Tour de France) which are hugely challenging both mentally and physically.
- Securing sponsorship for the Cycle to MIPIM ride from London to Cannes. Real Assets alone has raised over £130,000 in the last two years for Coram, The Children’s Charity.
- Being on the Board of Governors for his daughter’s school, guiding the school away from a financial crisis.
- Member of the Edinburgh University Investment Committee advising them on the way forward and devising better business strategies.
As Callum Fraser from the Real Assets team said:
Since I joined Real Assets, the cohesive and inspirational culture Bill has created across the business has been clear to see. Bill ensures that everyone feels welcomed and wanted whilst ensuring that business is always moving forward at an ambitious rate. Whether he has challenged me to further myself on a professional level, or to stupidly sign up to C2M, I’m really grateful for the input and the environment he has shaped to encourage and support whatever path you want to take.