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Barnardo’s awards thousands of volunteers

Release Date: 01 Jun 2017

Thousands of Barnardo’s volunteers are being recognised during Volunteers’ Week (1–7 June) for their hard work and dedication to the UK’s largest children’s charity.

Over 2,300 volunteers are receiving awards across the UK, including 125 who have selflessly given 30 years or more of their time to help transform the lives of the most vulnerable children.

Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution of millions of people who give their time for free in their local communities across the country.

One of Barnardo’s longest serving volunteers is also being recognised this week. Anne French, from Grays, Essex has volunteered for the children’s charity for an incredible 81 years.

Anne ‘s mum signed her up to fundraise by supporting Grays Barnardo’s Helpers Group in 1935 when she was just two months old. Since forming in 1908 the Grays Helpers Group has raised over £150,000.

Anne said:

I volunteer because I believe Barnardo’s is doing wonderful work to help young people and families in need.

Barnardo’s is taking the opportunity to thank its 20,000-strong army of amazing volunteers as well as everyone who has given their time to support the charity.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

Volunteers are the life-blood of Barnardo’s. We wouldn’t be able to help the number of children, young people and families we do without their invaluable support and dedication.

To find out more about volunteering for Barnardo’s and details of local vacancies, please visit

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