Lymphoma Action volunteers named Best Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year!

We are delighted for Marguerite Russell and David Cooke on their well-deserved win at the Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Regional Awards.

Marguerite volunteering award Nov 2019

The awards, which were presented at the annual IoF East Anglia Conference on Tuesday 12 November in Ipswich, recognise the exceptional fundraising efforts of charity organisations, supporters and volunteers across the East Anglia region.

Marguerite and David from Norwich were awarded for the amazing voluntary work they have undertaken to support our work over a number of years. Their efforts as part of the Norfolk Lymphoma Action Fundraising Group have raised over £183,000 for us since the group was set up in 2003.  

David and Marguerite both have experiences with lymphoma that drive them to work tirelessly to help others who have been affected by the condition. David received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma himself in 2001, and Marguerite’s sister passed away from lymphoma in 2009. 

David played a pivotal role in setting up the Fundraising Group, bringing a team of volunteers together to hold regular activities and events to raise funds, alongside the much needed awareness of lymphoma that we need to inform, support and connect people affected by the condition. He has led the team and its fundraising activity for many years. 

Marguerite has been volunteering with Lymphoma Action for 23 years. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Fundraising Group, as well as Lymphoma Action’s Norwich Support Group which gives people the opportunity to meet others affected by lymphoma and to share their experiences. Marguerite’s most famous fundraising activity is her teddy bear tombola, but she has organised countless events over the years including treasure hunts and themed music evenings.

'We cannot thank Marguerite, David and the rest of the Norfolk Lymphoma Action Fundraising Group enough for their support', said Carly Benton, Volunteering Development Manager who attended the event on behalf of Lymphoma Action. 'Their hard work and dedication in supporting the work of our charity is incredible. We are so pleased that they have been given the recognition that they deserve.'

We had a wonderful afternoon at the awards. We were thrilled to find out that we had been nominated, but to win was a real bonus!
Marguerite Russell, volunteer fundraiser

15 November 2019