Ross Kemp helps launch ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ event in Banbury ahead of Thank You Day next month

“Let’s take the time to thank those who sacrifice so much for the rest of us.”

Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 11:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 12:15 pm
Kate Drummond, companions volunteer at Royal Voluntary Service Cornhill, Molly Newbury, who cycled from the UK to New Zealand to raise funds and awareness for the charity Choose Love, Ross Kemp, Saira Begum Mir and Farooq Mir, from PL84U Al-Suffa, the community kitchen, food and clothing bank. (photo from Royal Voluntary Service)
Kate Drummond, companions volunteer at Royal Voluntary Service Cornhill, Molly Newbury, who cycled from the UK to New Zealand to raise funds and awareness for the charity Choose Love, Ross Kemp, Saira Begum Mir and Farooq Mir, from PL84U Al-Suffa, the community kitchen, food and clothing bank. (photo from Royal Voluntary Service)

The Royal Voluntary Service hosted an event in Banbury to thank local volunteers and launch its plans for a ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ event next month on Thank You Day on June 5.

Actor, author and television presenter Ross Kemp partnered with Royal Voluntary Service and the Together Coalition charities to honour volunteers at the event held at the Cornhill Centre on Thursday April 28.

Volunteers from other local community groups also attended, including the Banbury Rotary Club, Banbury Community Action Group and Girl Guiding.

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Some of the volunteers who attended the event include Saira Begum, founder of PL84U Al-Suffa, the community kitchen, food and clothing bank and Molly Newbury, who cycled from the UK to New Zealand to raise funds and awareness for the charity Choose Love (https://chooselove.org/), a charity providing essentials with dignity to millions of refugees across Europe.

Helen Tunbridge, who is a Royal Voluntary Service Good Neighbours volunteer who provides shopping deliveries and valuable companionship for the vulnerable people that she supports within her community, also attended.

Ross Kemp said: “Every day, in every corner of the country, our volunteers shape our lives. They keep us safe, brighten our communities, entertain the kids, raise money for vital causes, and much more besides.

“In the last two years that work has become ever more visible as we take care of each other in tough times and re-evaluate what’s important. But we’re still not good enough at recognising those who make a difference – that’s what Thank You Day is all about.

Ross Kemp partnered with Royal Voluntary Service and the Together Coalition charities to honour volunteers at an event held at the Royal Voluntary Service Cornhill Centre in the town centre of Banbury on Thursday April 28. (photo from Royal Voluntary Service)

“So this Thank You Day, we’re calling on the whole country to come together to say ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ – to take a moment to raise a glass to the extraordinary people who spend their time and energy making our communities nicer places to live.

“Whether you’re at a Big Jubilee Lunch, a concert in the park or a friendly game against the neighbours - wherever you are, whatever you are doing - let’s take the time to thank those who sacrifice so much for the rest of us.

“So don’t forget, this Thank You Day, June 5th, raise a glass and toast the very best of us - let’s say a huge Cheers for Volunteers.”

For more information about Thank You Day see its website here: https://thankyouday.org.uk/

Carole Birch, volunteer with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), Elizabeth McEwan Tolmie with Royal Voluntary Service and Cornhill Centre volunteer, Ross Kemp and RNIB volunteer Tony Redshaw (photo from Royal Voluntary Service)

Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “Thank You Day is the perfect opportunity to raise a glass or mug to volunteers everywhere, who I believe are pillars of our communities. Every day, volunteers are donating their time to making the people around them happier and healthier. They have done so much for us all over the past two years especially. I know that they don’t volunteer for praise or recognition, but I say that’s all the more reason to give them a huge, well-deserved ‘Cheers for Volunteers’.”

For more information about the Royal Voluntary Service see its website here: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/