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Dedicated Nottingham NSPCC volunteer wins prestigious award

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A volunteer who has dedicated 60 years of her life to the NSPCC in Nottingham has been honoured with a prestigious award.

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NSPCC Vice-President Jenny Farr MBE was named Volunteer Leader of the Year at the NSPCC’s Childhood Champions awards in London.

The awards recognise the valuable contribution of the NSPCC’s outstanding volunteers and celebrate those who go the extra mile.

And few have shown more dedication to helping others than Jenny, who is preparing to celebrate her diamond anniversary with the charity by launching a new appeal later this year.

Jenny was handed the award by HRH The Countess Of Wessex, the NSPCC’s patron, in a glittering ceremony at Banking Hall, London.

Jenny first became involved with the NSPCC after being inspired by working with children while at Nottingham City Hospital when there was an outbreak of polio affected 80 children. She then went on to become an NSPCC committee member in January 1959.

Since then she has been at the forefront of the charity’s vital work in the city, and led a number of high profile campaigns including the Full Stop appeal which had raised around £3 million by 2005.

Jenny Farr with Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen.
Photography by Fergus Burnett
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In 1984, the NSPCC’s centenary year, a £12m appeal was launched to create 60 child protection teams. Within Nottinghamshire, she led the committee which raised £200,000 and enabled the NSPCC to purchase a property for a new service centre – named Jenny Farr House.

Jenny said: “I am honoured to receive this award, and I believe this reflects the fantastic range of work being done by the NSPCC in Nottingham – not only at the service centre, but in fundraising, Childline and the Schools Service.

“The world has changed since I first started volunteering for the NSPCC, but with the increasing and varied risks facing children, the charity is more important than ever.

“I am proud of our achievements in Nottingham and I look forward to a busy year raising more money for the vital work being carried out by the NSPCC’s volunteers and staff.”

Also honoured at the ceremony was NSPCC Doverbeck Committee chairman Amanda Mellor, who was named Midlands Community Volunteer of the Year.

A busy mum to a 10-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, Amanda also runs her own successful tax advisory business.

Amanda was integral to the Coffee Morning Challenge campaign in 2016 celebrating 125 years of the NSPCC in Nottingham that raised £145,000.

Amanda said: “I feel humbled to receive this recognition – I love raising money for the NSPCC and find it so rewarding to help others. My work with the charity has helped me push myself out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges, and I’m looking forward to what the next year will bring.”

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