Steve Brine MP commends award-winning Winchester volunteer

Steve Brine MP has extended his congratulations to a local volunteer who has been rewarded for her hard work at the NCT Stars Awards. The awards celebrate the enthusiasm and dedication of those who make the charity's services available to parents and parents-to-be.

Helen Fisher, from the Winchester & District branch, was named highly commended in the Branch fundraising success of the year category.

NCT, the UK's largest charity for parents, presented the awards at the House of Lords on Wednesday 26th October, at a special celebration to mark the European Year of the Volunteer. The Awards were presented by Sue Saxey, President of NCT, together with Steve Moore, Chief Executive of the Big Society Network, and Catherine McMahon from Pampers.

Steve Brine said: "It was great to have the Winchester NCT here with me in Parliament and although we were gutted not to win this time, I know how well they have done to even get nominated from so many entries. What I also know is the Winchester NCT girls will work even harder and make sure they are back here next year as Star award winners. I will continue to support them 100%."

NCT is the UK's largest charity for parents. Each year the charity supports hundreds of thousands of parents through a life-changing experience, offering expert information and trusted practical and emotional support through the website, the nationwide network of 300 local branches, free helplines, antenatal and postnatal classes, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes.

Sue Saxey, President of NCT and a long-standing volunteer herself, said: "NCT Stars Awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of our hard-working, creative and committed volunteers. All our volunteers make a huge difference to the charity's work, providing a much-needed support network for local parents, and we would not be able to reach as far and wide as we do without them."

NCT Stars Awards, sponsored by Pampers, attracted a high volume of nominations from across the country, with six different categories representing the range of different roles volunteers take on for the charity.

NCT has over 10,000 volunteers who give their time, energy and skills in more than 300 branches through a wide range of roles: providing support for parents, co-ordinating branch activities, fundraising, editing newsletters and much more.

Pictured; Steve joins Charlotte Smallman, Sue Saxey, Helen Fisher and Sharon Robertson at the NCT Stars Awards

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