Paul Sartori Retail Volunteer, Gill Jones was 1 of 3 volunteers out of 100’s of nominees to be shortlisted for the prestigious National Charity Retail Awards. The 2018 Charity Retail Awards held at Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham on Monday 25 June 2018 was part of their annual conference and exhibition. The fabulous Champagne reception saw the best of the UK’s Charity Retail Sector come together including volunteers, staff, and partners to celebrate outstanding achievements throughout the country. Gill was nominated for the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ category by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service for the exceptional volunteering carried out over many years. Everyone within Paul Sartori was thrilled that she was selected and invited to attend the ceremony. The competition was extremely high which was demonstrated on the night and even though Gill didn’t win, it was a huge accolade to be shortlisted from the best of the best in the Charity Retail Sector across the UK.

Gill has been a Retail Volunteer Supervisor for Paul Sartori for 8 years at their large 3 story Haverfordwest store and is exceptionally committed and dedicated to the charity. In addition to carrying out retail volunteering in a supervisory capacity, Gill helps out with events and fundraising and has been instrumental in organising many charity fashion shows over the years in partnership with local groups. Gill regularly helps out at other fundraising events such as the County Show, Wedding fairs, various craft fairs and volunteering events. She also articulates very passionately what volunteering has given to her to encourage others to follow suit mentioning the amazing friends she has made, the help she has given to other volunteers and how wonderful it is for her to see people change and grow in confidence, how much less lonely they are, how it has improved the health and well-being and helped them to gain employment.

Caroline White, Paul Sartori’s Volunteering Coordinator said “Gill always makes others laugh and have fun while volunteering for us. Her bubbly fun-loving personality, exuberance and strength of character is such a shining light within the charity, she is loved by everyone and is truly remarkable, one in a million – an exceptional inspiring volunteer we wish we could clone. If any volunteer deserved recognition, then it is definitely Gill”.

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service provides a range of services to people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service enable people in the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.