DETERMINED volunteer Averil Owen’s work helping victims of domestic abuse has been recognised with a prestigious award.
The Post and Times reported last week the Uttoxeter resident had been nominated for East Staffordshire Community Voluntary Services’ (ESCVS) outstanding volunteer award.
And, during a glittering ceremony at Burton’s Masonic Lodge Hall last week, Mrs Owen was ‘overwhelmed’ to take home the accolade.
She was recognised for pioneering a women’s refuge in East Staffordshire, which opened in 2011, with charity Global Lifeline.
Her work has helped countless victims get back on their feet after suffering abuse.
However, Mrs Owen was keen to dedicate the award to all those who had helped her realise her vision.
She said: “Before anything else, I’d like to thank all the volunteers who were with me in the beginning, helped establish the refuge and kept it going.
“There were five of us who established the refuge and really kept it going for the first 18 months.”
Also nominated for the ESCVS top award of the year was Uttoxeter’s Mary Dodgson, whose community activities include running the town’s youth drop-in centre.
Dignitaries including Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths were also present to hand out the awards.
Mrs Owen said: “Winning was great, but the best thing about the night was learning just how many people volunteer to help others in the area.
“They don’t always get the recognition they deserve for what they do so nights like this are really important.”
Mrs Owen is hoping her award will help boost numbers at Global Lifeline’s charity auction at Uttoxeter’s Pentecostal Church on Thursday at 7pm.
All proceeds from the auction will go to Global Lifeline.