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Volunteer of the Year Award

Our Volunteer of the Year Award is about recognising volunteers who go above and beyond in helping to accelerate a cure for brain tumours.

Our volunteers are an inspirational group of people who give their time and energy to help move us closer to a world where brain tumours are defeated. This award is for an individual who’s made an exceptional contribution to The Brain Tumour Charity as a volunteer over the past 18 months, demonstrating the great dedication, commitment and compassion that is at the heart of volunteering.

Nominations for Celebrating You 2023, have now closed!

We look forward to sharing the shortlists with you in January 2023.

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination this year.

2020 winners and shortlist

Winner: Oliver Highway

Oliver was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumour in 2012 and is now eight years into his diagnosis. Despite this, the list of all he has taken on and achieved for The Charity is seemingly endless.

From bucket collections at events to being the face of our Christmas Appeal; from sharing his story with the press to walking The Twilight Walk Warwick on numerous occasions; and from sharing his experiences with our team to helping us develop BRIAN – Oliver is a wonderful volunteer and ambassador.


Peter Buckle

Peter has volunteered in many different ways for The Charity. From stewarding at The Twilight Walk to being a Community Ambassador and speaking at the Houses of Parliament. Peter is passionate about raising awareness of brain tumours and the impact they can have.

Laura LH

Laura has shared her story and spoken at many different events in her previous role as a Young Ambassador for The Charity. Now, keen to share her experience with other young adults, Laura volunteers as a mentor for our current group of Young Ambassadors.

2018 winners and shortlist

Winner: Carris Evans

Cariss was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014 and sadly passed away in October 2018.

After her diagnosis she continued to both volunteer and fundraise for The Charity, despite going through surgery and treatment. Cariss was a passionate Community Ambassador and attended numerous events, to support other fundraisers, thank them and to share her story.

She represented The Charity at a Healthcare Professional Study Day and volunteered at The Twilight Walk in Windsor. She also worked closely with The Community Fundraising Team, feeding in to the new volunteer strategy.


Oliver Highway

Oliver was diagnosed with a brain tumour over five years ago and has been volunteering with The Charity since 2015.

Oliver gives a great deal of his time and energy to volunteering for us and has not only supported many fundraising events, helping to raise thousands of pounds, but has also helped man charity stands and raise awareness of our work by giving out information. He is a prominent part of The Twilight Walk Windsor, having walked it many times and helping to promote it widely.

Oliver has also played a huge part in the work of the Information and Support team, feeding into their work on fatigue.

After being shortlisted for this award in 2018, Oliver was nominated again in 2020 and won the award!

Paul Nicholson

Paul was an integral part of our office volunteer team from November 2014 to July 2017 when he sadly passed away. He lived with a low grade brain tumour for 15 years and during that time dedicated much of his spare time to volunteering for us.

Paul played an important role in making sure our fundraisers were well supported by making up and sending out fundraising packs, fulfilling shop orders and even helping to train new volunteers. He supported, inspired and motivated not only the rest of the volunteer team but our staff team too.

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