Volunteer Christmas Meal 2023

Every year we hold a Volunteer Christmas Meal for all volunteers of Amelia Trust. The meal is very kindly funded by the Huggard Charitable Trust.

The meal was attended by over 40 volunteers, trustees, and staff. It was a lovely afternoon full of festive cheer, and a great way for us to thank our fabulous volunteers.

Celebrating Christmas

Our 2023 meal was held at The Three Horseshoes Country Inn. The pub provided a delicious Christmas dinner, along with beautiful festive decorations. It really did feel like the start of Christmas! As ever, the service was great and everyone was very impressed with the food.

During our Volunteer Christmas meal, it’s traditional to present our Volunteer of the Year award. The award celebrates a volunteer who has gone over and above to help our small charity. Choosing one single volunteer to receive the award is always very difficult. All of our volunteers do such a fantastic job and everyone is equally deserving of the accolade.

Volunteer of the Year 2023

This year, our Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Hedd, one of our longest standing volunteers. Hedd has been with the Farm for many years and has been involved in many aspects of life at Amelia Trust – most notably in the café when it was previously part of the charity. Since starting to volunteer at the Farm, Hedd has shared her infectious smile with everyone she sees, always stopping to chat and welcome anyone to Amelia Trust.

The award was presented to Hedd by our Chair of Trustees, Rev Dr Stephen Wigley.

Hedd has demonstrated her unmatched energy and passion even more so this year as she has organised numerous Coffee & Cake afternoons for volunteers, with the help of Margaret, another one of our lovely volunteers. Hedd helps out at fundraising events, with gardening, welcoming visitors to the Farm, and encouraging others to get involved in our charitable work. From everyone on the team we just want to say a huge thank you to Hedd for everything she’s done for Amelia Trust this year, and in previous years.

Karen Turnbull, Director of Amelia Trust
From left to right: Rev Dr Stephen Wigley; Hedd, our Volunteer of the year; Karen Turnbull, Director of Amelia Trust.

Looking ahead to 2024

Our Volunteer Christmas meal is a lovely way to say goodbye to 2023 and look ahead to the new year. With the hope that our newly developed Community Café will be up and running in the Spring, we can’t wait for another year of life at the Farm.

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