Melanie Boulby Allen
Melanie suffers from Fibromyalgia and other health issues which affect her mobility, but this does not stop her from volunteering at the Woodlaithes store in Rotherham. She has taken charge of the store’s selling on Ebay, which has been a great help to staff who do not have the time to look after this important area of the store’s work on top of the rest of their work. Melanie initially volunteered 1 day a week, but once the influx of donations came after lockdown, she increased her commitment to 4-5 mornings a week. She painstakingly goes through all donations that are received to the store and takes any items that cannot be sold in the store to a car boot sale where she has a separate table to raise additional funds for Barnardo’s. Melanie’s sheer determination and passion for charity makes her stand out as a volunteer, even on the days where she is in a great deal of pain with her health issues. Since Melanie has started volunteering, the store has raised over £4,000 in online sales which they would not have been able to do without her.
This Year’s Regional Winners are:
- Jane McCafferty
- Barbara Norman