On September 12th 2019, FareShare UK hosted their first Annual Volunteering Awards in Birmingham. Set up to recognise the outstanding work of its volunteers across the country, the awards brought together the wonderful people that make FareShare work.
We were so thrilled to hear that our very own Madison Hartwright won the Volunteer Manager of the Year award, and Darrin Hobbs received Highly Commended in the Driver of the Year category. Both Madison and Darrin deserve this recognition for their hard work and dedication to FareShare Sussex.
Ex-soldier Darrin Hobbs was first referred to FareShare Sussex via his local job centre in March 2009, as part of a ‘back to work programme’. He was only asked to do four days in the warehouse but within a week he’d decided to become a volunteer driver and has been delivering food all over Sussex to those in need ever since. Darrin is always willing to take on extra shifts if necessary, and his commitment and dedication have made him a role model for new volunteers.
FareShare’s Commercial Director Alyson Walsh said: “Darrin has shown a great passion for fighting hunger and tackling food waste in his community – he is a true food hero.”
Madison, who supports the volunteer team here at FareShare Sussex, said: “He’s kind, that’s what really stands out about Darrin. He’s very patient with other volunteers and up for taking anyone in the van with him. He’s just easy to be around.”
On Madison winning Volunteer Manager of the Year, Alyson Walsh said: “Although she has only been in post for a year, Madison’s warmth, humour and dedication to the role has already made an enormous difference. During this time she has supported 27 volunteers to progress into employment.
“The development and growth of the volunteers at FareShare Sussex is testament to the way Madison welcomes and supports them throughout their various roles. Madison celebrates every success and achievement, and inspires others with her positive approach.”
Madison tells us: “FareShare is powered by incredible volunteers and it was an honour to be recognised alongside them at the awards. I especially loved sharing the trip to Birmingham with Darrin; he is a great representative of the FareShare Sussex volunteers I have the privilege to work with.”