A huge congratulations goes to our one of longest-serving volunteers, Malcolm Pearce, who won the ‘2018 Volunteer of the Year’ award. He received this prestigious award at the RUH New Year’s Honours Awards Ceremony held in the Assembly Rooms, Bath.
Malcolm, who lives in Saltford, has been volunteering for us for 19 years. It all started in 2000 when we put a call out in the local paper for volunteers to help us with a special mission – to dig treasure at the Roman Baths. It took many weeks to clean, count and sort the coins collected and during this time, it became clear that the real treasure we found was Malcolm. His friendly nature, dedication to tasks (and he always says ‘yes’!) along with his enthusiasm for helping the RUH and patients, soon made him a very popular volunteer within the team. He has been involved in countless fundraising events, become an ambassador for our charity, and built friendly rapport with members of the local community. Over the years, he’s supported us by selling raffle tickets, collecting money for our collection tins and buckets, manning our Christmas Market stand, and marshalling our events to name but a few. On top of all this, he also spares some of his time to help us into our fundraising office.
His favourite volunteering role is a bucket collector at our annual outdoor cinema event, Movie by Moonlight. He is always there no matter the weather and even spent his 80th birthday collecting money for us at the event a few years ago. We can count on him to be there until the very end, making sure that every last coin has been collected. To his credit, at the 2018 ‘Greatest Showman’ he alone collected a staggering £1,200, helping make a total of £10,800 collected in our buckets as part of a combined effort of 30 volunteers.
At the awards ceremony, his citation read as follows: “Malcolm’s volunteering work with us, spanning almost two decades, has made a real and lasting impression on everyone at The Forever Friends Appeal. His kindness and willingness to help makes him a valued member of our volunteering team, who are at the heart of our fundraising events– we couldn’t do it without them! Every hour Malcolm gives and every donation he collects, is always done with helping patients in mind and without asking for any recognition in return.
“With Malcolm’s help, and our team of volunteers, we have been able to achieve our goals for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) and surpass our minimum target for the coming Dyson Cancer Centre, which is at £9 million raised, and still going… plus so much more. Whatever task Malcolm takes on, if he says he’s doing it, he’ll always be there and will always do it with a big smile and so much cheer.
Malcom is amazing and we are so grateful for the hundreds of hours he has given us over the years, to help RUH patients.”