16 June 2022

Volunteer of the Year nominations open!

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trips. They are encouraging and understanding, enthusiastic and inspiring. Our volunteers are heroes who go above and beyond to support young people every step of the way.

This is your chance to show our volunteers your appreciation. Nominations for the Luke Gilbert Volunteer of the Year Award are now open!

Without them, we couldn’t do what we do. They keep trips safe and fun, they get young people to and from trip locations, and they are there for all those memory-making moments.

Whether it’s a word of encouragement or an empathetic ear, our volunteers give their all to inspire brighter futures.

Last year’s wonderful winner, Juliet Gilbert, said: “To be recognised for doing something that has enriched my life beyond bounds is just unbelievable. Thank you to everybody and thank you to the Trust for this lovely award.

“The best bits are the belly-aching laughter and the fun, and the people, the family spirit of it all, the support. Everything, really. I get far more out of volunteering than I put into it, and I can’t imagine not being part of the Trust anymore.”

Who has been your 2022 Luke Gilbert Volunteer of the Year?

Now is the time to think about who has made a real difference to you this year. Whether you have been on a trip, will be joining us soon, or have seen our volunteers being their amazing selves while fundraising in the community, you can nominate them as your Volunteer of the Year.

How do I nominate?

Go to the Volunteer page on our website here - Volunteer with us - and scroll down to the Volunteer of the Year section. Click on the button, complete the nomination form and that's it!

The Volunteer of the Year Award was introduced in 2017 to celebrate the life of young person and volunteer, Luke Gilbert, who sadly passed away in 2016.

Anyone can make a nomination. The only criteria is that a volunteer embodies Luke’s incredible personality, sense of humour and fun, enthusiasm and compassion, and they have volunteered on a trip or at an event in 2022. They must not be a skipper or a paid member of the Trust team.

An independent panel, including Luke’s mum Julie, judges the nominations. The winner will be announced at the Trust’s annual Volunteer Training Day in the spring.