Community Star, Jo Scott, shines a light for Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue
Jo Scott from Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue has been awarded the Society's first Community Star award at our 147th AGM.
The award, presented by the Society’s Chairman, Jeremy Cross, recognises the dedication of a volunteer and the commitment they have made to benefit the community. Nominations were received from local groups who have worked with or have previously received funding through the Society and our Community Support Scheme.
Jo, who received £100 in vouchers and £150 donation towards Nottingham Search and Rescue as a result of the award, is one of the group’s longest serving volunteers, and has dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to assist the organisation, which works alongside the police to search for, locate and rescue missing and vulnerable people in the community.
In addition to being on call 24/7, Jo works hard to fundraise and conducts educational visits at schools, local Cubs and Brownies, and other children and young adult groups in order to raise awareness of the Lowland Rescue Teams.
Recently, Jo searched for and located an elderly man who had been reported missing for over 24 hours. The gentleman was suffering from dementia and had fallen, injuring himself. First on the scene, Jo administered first aid and supported him until the emergency services arrived. Unlikely to have survived a second night, Jo’s actions undoubtedly saved the man’s life.
Highly commended honours were also awarded to John Dixon from Age Concern Chesterfield and Dave Roberts from Rhubarb Farm, who have both shown a selfless commitment to helping others. They were each presented with a certificate of recognition, wine and chocolates by Jeremy.
Jeremy explained the importance of the award “Every year we support community groups through funding and work in the community, but rarely do the individual volunteers running these groups receive praise for the huge amount of time and effort they put in. That’s why the Society has decided to launch its Community Star award, which recognises the individual efforts of those who have gone above and beyond to help the community. It was extremely difficult trying to pick one winner as all of the nominees for this year’s award have shown a selfless commitment to improving the lives of others in their community and we are proud to be able to recognise their achievements”.
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