Volunteers honoured at Kerith Community AwardsBy Victoria Smith
March 20, 2012
Volunteers at Kerith Community Church were honoured at an awards night in Bracknell.
Unsung heroes of the community were thanked for their service to the area at a glittering awards ceremony at Kerith Community Centre.
Ben Oliver, the event’s main organiser and host, started off the night by declaring that “nothing happens here unless someone volunteers”.
The event on Sunday, March 4, featured a red carpet, glamorous outfits and a High School Musical number performed by staff at the centre to kick off proceedings.There was even an impromptu outbreak of aerobics halfway through the evening.
The annual awards ceremony was set up to thank the more than 200-strong volunteers at Kerith, who give up their time so that the bustling church can function on a day-to-day basis.
The awards came in the form of Oscar-type trophies and, in one case, a basket-load of Yorkie bars.
Categories included Unsung Hero, Outreach, Dream Team and Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.
The fundamental and wide-ranging role played by volunteers at the church was highlighted by senior pastor Simon Benham, who said: “Everything we do as a church – Foodbank, kids work, youth work, support groups for single parents and people looking for work, debt counselling, supporting families with children with special needs – relies on volunteers to make it happen.
“It was brilliant to spend an evening celebrating and thanking some of those amazing people.”
For more information on the centre in Church Road, visit the website www.kerith.co.uk