Hospice volunteer Dave wins a double at national charity awards

A Grandfather from Gloucester who’s celebrating his 75th birthday next month has been awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution of the Year’ and overall ‘Incredible Colleague of the Year’ at our Incredible Colleagues Awards for his support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Dave Cant, far left, and Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court shortlisted volunteers and staff pictured at the Incredible Colleagues Awards 2019
Dave Cant, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice volunteer and his wife Anne at the Winter Ball
Dave Cant, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice volunteer pictured with his two Incredible Colleague Awards alongside the hospice fundraising team

Dave Cant received the double accolade at our ‘Incredible Colleagues Awards’, held in Leeds on Tuesday 8th October.

Travelling countless miles for his local hospice

From Churchdown in Gloucester, Dave has volunteered at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice for the past 10 years. Responsible for signing the routes of the charity’s 40km, 90km and 130km Ride for Ryder sportive cycle event in the Cotswolds and 10k Starlight Hike through Cheltenham, Dave’s travelled countless miles around Gloucestershire in support of his local hospice.

And he’ll be adding to this total in a few weeks’ time, as he sets out on the roads of Cheltenham to sign the hospice’s upcoming Starlight Hike on Saturday 19th October helping to safely guide over 600 walkers on a night time hike under the stars.

To raise further vital funds for the hospice Dave helps secure auction prizes for the hospice’s high profile Winter Ball held at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.

Adding extra sparkle to the hospice at Christmas

And the big-hearted volunteer’s incredible support of the hospice doesn’t stop there. Each year, he arranges for a 16 foot Christmas tree sparkling with 600 lights to be erected at the top of the hospice to welcome patients, families, visitors, fellow volunteers and staff - even arranging for the lights to be switched on early each morning for nursing staff arriving on the early shift.

It’s a wonderful addition to the grounds giving a bit of extra sparkle and Christmas spirit to patients, families, volunteers and staff at what can be a very difficult time.

On his win Dave said, “Fundraising at our flagship events is all about team work so it is with thanks to all the volunteers and staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court who’ve helped along the way that I’m here today. These awards are for all of us.”

The support behind every volunteer

“Behind some of our volunteers there is also a support not often recognised. In my case that’s my wife, Anne, who supports and helps me in my role as volunteer – even making bacon sandwiches for me and the rest of the team when we’re out signing the course for fundraising events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all she does.”

“It is an uplifting feeling to know your contribution is appreciated. Everyone at Sue Ryder is part of one team working towards supporting people in our local communities.”

“My mum inspired me to volunteer. She would always say it is better to give than to receive and once you have visited the hospice and come into contact with the atmosphere there it is hard to walk away without wanting to help. My mother in law received care there in 1989, and the exceptional care given to her then has always stayed with me.”

Amazing support which is difficult to ever add up

Matt Reay is Senior Community Fundraiser for events at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. He added, “Dave is a huge part of our team with a massive can do approach to everything he sets his mind to. He has the hospice at the heart of his thoughts always and he has been working tirelessly to make sure that our events are as professional and successful as they can be. The amount of hours he has dedicated to supporting the hospice and the pounds he has helped raise would be extremely difficult to ever add up.”

“His contribution has been nothing short of outstanding, his dedication and commitment unparalleled and in my opinion he thoroughly deserves these two awards from Sue Ryder for his loyalty and support. Dave, Del Boy, my Geordie mate; we can’t thank you enough”.

Shortlisted alongside Dave from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice were Sue Ryder Nurse, Lydia Gray, in the ‘Rising Star’ category, catering assistant Mandy Phipps in ‘Unsung Hero’ and the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Fundraising team in ‘team of the year’.

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