Special Recognition for an Outstanding Contribution to Sue Ryder – Winner

Carol Marshall

Carol is a very valued, hard-working and conscientious member of staff who has volunteered for Manorlands Hospice for over seven years, alongside working three mornings a week as an administration assistant (where she’s always looking at ways to save money).

Carol volunteers for many events for Manorlands, is a member of various fundraising and community groups, and holds her own events. She’s always amenable – nothing is too much trouble – working tirelessly to raise money for Sue Ryder by arranging fashion shows, tombolas, raffles, fairs and the annual Cullingworth Scarecrow Festival weekend.

The festival has a theme every year, and it takes hours of hard work and patience to build her scarecrow and set.  She asks people to make cakes, which she sells together with cards, gifts and holds a tombola. This year she made over £500!

Carol has serious health issues and has regular radiotherapy treatment to keep these at bay.  Most people don’t know what is going on in the background of Carol’s life or the pain she may be in, as she always looks on the positive side and has a smile for everyone. She shows the most tremendous courage and resilience of anyone I know. Nicknamed the “bionic woman”, even whilst undergoing her most recent radiotherapy treatment, she was still fundraising tirelessly by building her scarecrow.

She is incredible, always going above and beyond, motivating and encouraging others, and never moans or complains.