Stoke-on-Trent volunteers scoop national awards

Four volunteer walk leaders from the Closer to Home Walking Network have scooped Exceptional Service Awards from national charity the Walking for Health Initiative. Sylvia Hill (Penkhull), Peter Hall (Tunstall), Christina Koumi (Trentham) and Andrew Chell (Weston Coyney) have all been recognized for the difference they are making to the health of local residents in those areas.

Closer to Home Walking Network Lead Elise Butler said “Our volunteers put in so much work come rain or shine that it’s gratifying to see them recognized in this way. Our walking network has made such a difference to people’s lives, for some it is the first time they have been ventured outside their homes in a year, and we couldn’t do it without the time given by our volunteers.”

She added “There is still one nomination left, the people’s choice award. We are calling on everyone to nominate volunteer walk leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make our walking groups so successful.”

Walk leader Andrew Chell said “Leading these walks allows me to get out and about in the fresh air, and it’s really motivating to see the positive difference that regular walking is making to people’s health. There is a small hill at the start of the walk and one of the walkers used to have to stop half way to catch her breath, but now she can walk up it without stopping.”

He added “I was very surprised to receive the award, I didn’t expect it at all.”

Anyone interested in nominating a walk leader for the people’s choice award, or becoming a volunteer walk leader, can contact the Closer to Home Walking Network on: 01782 831900, e-mail: or visit our Free training and induction courses are run monthly at locations throughout the city.


Posted on July 14, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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