Indies awards: Isabel Hospice champion Renee Friend is 'unique and totally irreplaceable'
Indies awards Charity Champion winner Renee Friend took to the microphone to thank the community for supporting her work with Isabel Hospice over the past 31 years.
She said that she was one of 700 volunteers at the charity and was accepting the accolade on their behalf.
One of her nominators, Cathy Sears, said: “I have come across many charity volunteers and employees in my career but never have I met anyone who is so driven, humble, polite and ceaselessly cheerful as Renee.
“Renee is unique and totally irreplaceable – and on her own, I am sure she must be responsible for an enormous amount of money raised for Isabel Hospice.”
Renee, who lives with husband Dave in Willow Close, has four children and six grandchildren. She started her charity work when her mother died when Renee was pregnant with her first child.
After accepting her trophy, a voucher for Urban Spa and a bag of delights from Coco’s from sponsor Stansted Airport’s corporate social responsibility manager, Marcella M’Rabety, Renee said: “I’m feeling amazing. It’s just incredible and it’s been a wonderful evening.
“It’s a huge privilege seeing all the inspirational people here. It’s about community supporting community.”
The category runner-up was Patricia Marshall-Sams, 83, of Mayflower Gardens, a volunteer with the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, who was fundraising for the life-saving charity in Hertfordshire before its first aircraft took to the skies 10 years ago.
EHAAT’s Hertfordshire community fundraising manager Natasha Robertson said: “She has a big heart.”