Marsh Award for Volunteering in Support of Older People

This Award is run in partnership with Contact the Elderly and recognises the contribution made by volunteers who support and care for older people. The Award acknowledges the commitment made by either an individual or a group of volunteers.

Contact the Elderly volunteers hold monthly tea parties for elderly people, or act as drivers in order to ensure they are able to attend. The groups are lifelines for many elderly people with little support from friends and family. Should you wish to know more, please look at their website below.

Pictured - Miss Derham and Ms Hamburger enjoying their tea party.

The 2014 winner is Vivien Raggett

Vivien has been a dynamic, enthusiastic and pro-active coordinator for the Harrow Group since she started volunteering in 2007. She works tirelessly to look after the wellbeing of her older guests and volunteers, exceeding her expected monthly commitment. Her group volunteers and older members are very fond of Vivien and always speak very highly of her. Alongside coordinating the group she is a very active member of several other community groups and charities, including her local Lions club.

Despite a series of health issues Vivien has remained dedicated to the group, at one time managing the group from her hospital bed! Vivien’s husband has played an active part in her absence, taking over the driving and much of the coordinating. Despite the many challenges they have faced, they have neither asked to be relieved of their duties nor have they cancelled any of their tea parties and events for their guests. Vivien and her husband truly deserve this Award for their sheer dedication, determination, hard work and contribution to the work of Contact the Elderly and the difference they make to the lives of so many people in their community.

As well as Vivien, the Award scheme recognised a further 20 volunteers from communities across the UK who have worked tirelessly to provide support networks and companionship for older people. From arranging tea parties and excursions, to partnering with local organisations and promoting volunteering, these volunteers have been instrumental to the work of Contact the Elderly.

The shortlist of regional winner who were put forward for the Awards were:
South East – Dorn and Norman Jeffery, Bexhill Group
South West - Andrew Burke, Exmouth Group
East of England & Midlands – Eileen Van Ristell & Judy McGrath, Coventry Group
North – Ruth Longman, Chester 1 Group
London – Vivien Raggett, Harrow Group
Scotland – Marlene Laing, Perth Group
Wales – Nancy Williams, Llanfairfechan Group, North Wales


Contact the Elderly
15 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden
T: 020 7240 0630