George Dixon receives ‘Young Volunteer’ award

George Dixon, Volunteer Supportive Lead member of our youth counselling group, Tommy D, has been awarded Young Volunteer of the Year by Greenoak Housing Association, Woking. George joined the bereavement group after his father tragically died in a cycling accident.

He made unique and everlasting bonds with friends and eventually his role evolved to that of a volunteer, especially supporting younger members of the group. Gary Wood, Volunteer Services Manager explains why hospice staff nominated George for the award:

“George has shown great courage in dealing with the loss of his father; he has progressed from attending the group and being supported by the counsellors, to aiding and helping other young members who have experienced a similar bereavement. He is charming and charismatic and shows real maturity and empathy to the members. George was instrumental in starting our new group ‘Tommy D+’, which is a group for members who have turned 18+. We hope to have his continued support as this group grows and develops.”

George Dixon has been involved with the hospices for 3 years and has also represented them in the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge, pedalling nearly 500 miles, from Land’s End to East End in a team of 6 young people, to help raise money for BBC Children in Need.

From the Greenoak awards, he received a cheque for £1000 for Tommy D and a personal cheque of £100, which he was handed by Martine, Children’s Counsellor at the Hospices, after he was unable to attend the awards ceremony.

George was very proud to be awarded Young Volunteer of the Year saying:“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities the hospice has given me and my brother over the years and would like to thank all the volunteers in Tommy D for their unbelievable dedication and incredible support to the cause and to all the members of the group. I have been invited to have input into how the money is spent and one suggestion is to take the whole group to the pantomime this year. It was my first experience of Tommy D and it was really great. I think it would be one idea of how to spend the money and give everyone, kids and volunteers, a Christmas treat.”

To watch the Rickshaw Challenge click here

For more information about the Greenoaks Award visit www.greenoakha.org/news