Sedgefield’s volunteers have been thanked for their hard work at a special reception in the town.  Now in its third year, ‘A Celebration of Sedgefield Volunteers’ was organised by Sedgefield Village Games (SVG) and held in the Manor House.  Over 70 representatives from a wide range of community groups attended the event, which was supported by Sedgefield Co-op.

Sedgefield Village Games started life as a series of events that were inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Although the main focus of SVG has always been on sport, the initiative has also contributed to many other aspects of community life in Sedgefield, all made possible thanks to the work of volunteers.

Volunteers of all ages attended the event and between them represented scores of clubs, societies and other community groups in Sedgefield.  Guests were asked to bring donations for the local food bank and a large quantity of items was collected, which will be handed over by Michael King of St. Edmund’s Church and Sedgefield Area Churches Together.  As well as refreshments, the volunteers were all entered into a free raffle on the night, with the first prize ticket drawn by Durham county councillor and Mayor of Sedgefield David Brown.

Chris Lines, event organiser and member of the Sedgefield Village Games committee, comments:

“There was a brilliant turnout at the event – the room was packed and it was a lovely atmosphere.  We welcomed a very good cross section of the many volunteers who help make Sedgefield such a vibrant community and great place to live.  It’s really nice to be able to thank volunteers in this way for all of the amazing work that they do throughout the year, and we’re very grateful to both the Manor House and Sedgefield Co-op for supporting the event again.”