We are overwhelmed to announce that the dedication & commitment we receive from our volunteers have been externally recognised. Edgar Llewellyn won the WCVA Volunteer of the Year Award in the ‘Green’ Volunteer category. Edgar volunteers six days a week every week, helping people in poverty or on low incomes to benefit from recycled furniture and other household items.
The 53-year-old of Tylorstown, Rhondda, volunteers in our transport and warehouse departments, which collect and deliver the items donated or sold through our showrooms.
'As the main part of a team that collected over 87,000 items during 2017, Edgar is an integral team member and has become our re-use champion, seeing the benefits of re-use on all aspects - social, environmental and financial,' said our Chief Executive Officer Shaun England.
'Edgar has been unemployed for a number of years and lives in one of the most deprived wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf, so he sees poverty and the need for the essential service that toogoodtowaste can offer on his doorstep, every day,' Shaun added.
'Edgar is a great ambassador for toogoodtowaste and mentors new volunteers, sharing his life story to help put people at ease, or to help others who are struggling with life and come to volunteering as a way to help them focus and find purpose - or even find the skills - to gain employment.
'Edgar is the most humble person I have ever met, never taking praise for things that he has achieved, always supporting and wanting to help everyone have the chances and opportunities he has had since joining the organisation.'