Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Feb 28 '13

Wales Volunteer of the Year - a winner’s story


In today’s blog, former Wales Volunteer of the Year Award winner Leo Farrell tells us about the ‘magnificent’ feeling of receiving a VotY gong.

81-year-old Leo Farrell of Kinmel Bay was a recipient of a Volunteer of the Year Award last year in the ‘Adult Volunteer’ category. His work not only includes helping Clwyd Alyn Housing Association (his nominators) tenants with financial advice, he has also volunteered as a countryside warden and taken part in extreme sports, such as skydiving and walking on hot coles, to raise money for a range of charities. Here, he recalls what it meant to him to receive a Volunteer of the Year Award.

‘Winning a Wales Volunteer of the Year Award just felt magnificent, really good – I felt quite humbled to be there compared to some of the other winners [such as a 24-year-old who helped restore the Mold Lagoon and a 19-year-old disabled sportsman who works with children with learning disabilities].

'I took my son and my 18-year-old grandson along, and I wasn’t really expecting him to be that interested but instead he was really enthusiastic about it all, which was nice.

‘Receiving the award made me realise that I really have done something worthwhile, and I’m so grateful to the people who nominated me. Afterwards I was asked to give a presentation at the Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and that went really well.

‘Since I retired 16 years ago, volunteering keeps me active – I did more now that I did then! I enjoy meeting lots of people, and it’s really satisfying to do something worthwhile.’

Do you know an inspirational person like Leo who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding work? You can also nominate any hard-working voluntary groups you admire. You’ll find the nomination form at, or you can email with any questions or for more information. 

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