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A small awards event took place in the garden of The Cedars Inn on 22 July as a thank you to some of the volunteers who have supported the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in North Devon. 

208 individual volunteers and 17 local voluntary organisations have supported the delivery of the vaccination clinics via GP practices. North Devon District Hospital and North Devon Leisure Centre are just a couple of the many locations where volunteers offered up their time and services to help support the community.

Special certificates have been printed to recognise their support which will be distributed via the NHS coordinators of the clinic. Although it was not possible to plan a large event to thank everyone, every single person involved has made a difference.

The Primary Care Network and North Devon District Hospital nominated 12 volunteers who had made a particularly significant contribution to attend a small presentation event on behalf of the wider group.

North Devon Voluntary Services (NDVS) hosted the event which was made possible by a donation from Devon & Cornwall Police. Volunteers enjoyed a cream tea in the sunshine with Councillor Julie Hunt, Chair of North Devon Council and Superintendent Toby Davies presenting each of the nominees with their certificate. They also each received a voucher which had been generously donated by Lady Laura of the Castle Hill estate to allow these 12 volunteers one day’s free entry to Castle Hill gardens for themselves and a guest.

Chair of North Devon Council, Councillor Julie Hunt, says: "I again would like to say a massive thank you to the brilliant, selfless volunteers in North Devon who have taken time out of their days to help our community through the pandemic. I know that volunteers don't ask for rewards, but I hope that our sincerest appreciation can be a reward.

"I look forward to celebrating more volunteer heroes over the next few months in our future events."

Chief Officer, Karen Evans of NDVS, says: “This was a great opportunity to recognise the work of all the vaccination centre volunteers in North Devon, as well as saying a special ‘thank you’ to the volunteers nominated to attend this event.  Volunteers have made an incredible contribution to their local communities during this pandemic and will be vital to our recovery. Thank you to everyone involved for a lovely afternoon and we look forward to celebrating the vital roles played by other volunteers at more local awards events in the autumn.”

If you are interested in supporting the community and volunteering your time and services you can visit NDVS's website.