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Issue 338 – National award for ‘outstanding’ fundraiser

A Frome shop manager has received a national award in recognition of her support for volunteering.

Judith Loughlin has been named ‘Outstanding Retail Volunteer Manager 2011’ by children’s charity Barnardo’s. The award is in recognition of her success at the fundraising shop in Kingsway Precinct, which is one of the most successful in the region.
Judith has received a certificate from Barnardo’s chief executive Ann Marie Carrie as well as a signed copy of Barnardo’s Ambassador Lynda Bellingham’s autobiography.
Judith joined the Barnardo’s shop as a deputy manager in 1988 and became manager the following year.
Her team includes more than 30 volunteers aged from 14 to 86 years old, who provide almost 140 hours of free support each week. They have been volunteering for a combined total of more than 120 years, and their dedication was recently highlighted in an ITV Westcountry feature as part of the channel’s ‘Donate A Day’ campaign.
Judith said, “I had no idea that I had been nominated for this award so I was obviously delighted when they told me that I had won.
“We have a tremendous team who are incredibly enthusiastic and committed. We couldn’t function without them. It really is like having an extra family. You encourage and support each other and try to bring out the best in everyone. I hope this award will encourage even more people to consider stepping forward to help.”
Judith was nominated by Barnardo’s area business manager Belinda Germain.
Belinda said, “Judith’s passion for volunteering makes her a fantastic role model within the charity. Her work in Frome and her wider support across the region is a fine example of best practice in volunteer management.”
The Barnardo’s shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to pm, and always welcomes donations of clothes, books, toys and games. Call 01373 463513.
Last year Barnardo’s South West supported 13,000 children, young people and families who were challenged by poverty, abuse, disability and discrimination.
Above: shop manager Judith Loughlin with her certificate from the charity’s chief executive, and her signed copy of Barnardo’s Ambassador Lynda Bellingham’s autobiography.