Thursday, 14 June 2018
It was double delight for the Wight family at the Fife Voluntary Action Awards, with Levenmouth husband and wife volunteering duo Suzanne and Harry both winning prizes.
Long-time Fife Gingerbread volunteer Suzanne scooped the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award, whilst husband Harry picked up the Active Volunteer Award.
Sandie Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator for Fife Gingerbread and also nominator of Harry and Suzanne, said: “I am so proud of them; they are very special people and truly deserve to be given these awards. They both have incredible motivation, dedication and determination, as well as a great sense of humour. The impact they have had on the local community and local families is incredible”.
Suzanne and Harry with their Awards and Certificates
Suzanne first started volunteering at a cooking group run by Fife Gingerbread project The Gateway, completing a food hygiene course before eventually taking the lead in planning, budgeting and preparing meals for families. She then went on to take over an after school club also run by The Gateway, arranging weekly activities for the parents and children, with the club now completely autonomous thanks to Suzanne’s leadership.
In the local community, Suzanne has been a real driving force in the resurrection of the Methilhill Gala, working tirelessly with local representatives and parents to get the historic event back on the calendar. She has also been a buddy to two lone parents, and somehow finds the time to pursue her love for baking, going above and beyond by producing 200 cupcakes for the Fife Gingerbread 30th birthday celebrations in 2017.
Harry, who seen the benefits of volunteering at Fife Gingerbread had on his wife and said “I need a wee bit of that”, trained to be a volunteer before getting involved with The Gateway project’s cycle initiatives in the Levenmouth area. He then set up Levenmouth Cycle Club, gaining grants and funding as well as establishing links with other local organisations to create a project that brings families together and helps reduce isolation.
Additionally, after completing bike maintenance training courses Harry has independently sourced and fixed up to 15 bikes, which can now be borrowed by families who do not own their own bikes.
Sandie added: “Volunteers at Fife Gingerbread change people’s lives and impact the local community; they are crucial to everything we do here at Fife Gingerbread”.