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The Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2018

7th March 2018

Eileen Ramsay with the Duke of Gloucester 2018 Torch Trophy Trust Awards presented by HRH Duke of Gloucester to David Thomson at the Army & Navy Club in London

The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity which supports and recognises sports volunteers across the UK.

The Torch Trophy Trust was founded in 1962 by the late Commander Bill Collins RN, then honorary secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association.

It exists to encourage, reward and recognise the UK’s three million sports volunteers. The Trust’s awards are unique in acknowledging the breadth of the contribution of volunteers in sport, something which has been at the heart of its mission since it was founded 56 years ago.

England football legend, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, president of the trust, attended the national award ceremony at the Army & Navy Club.

He said: “Without volunteers, sport simply wouldn’t exist. We’re very lucky in this country to have an army of volunteers but these awards are given to only a handful of people each year.

“They are in recognition of being one of our most devoted sports volunteers, so each of our winners has my personal thanks and my appreciation.”

The Duke of Gloucester, who presented the awards, said he believed that award-winners were also role-models for those around them.

“Volunteering is the lifeblood of the United Kingdom and it’s an honour to reward people who give up so much of their time and their energy for others. I hope they act as an inspiration to the people around them.”

Eileen Ramsay at Dundee Discovery Swimming Club was honoured with a national award. She was nominated by Scottish Disability Sport for her exceptional service to the sport and the local community. Eileen not only founded the club but has kept it swimming along for the past 21 years while chairing the local branch of Scottish Disability Sport for 12 years, as well as being a board director.

David Thomson, a volunteer from Aberaeron Longboat Rowing Club, also received his honour from the Torch Trophy Trust. He was nominated by Welsh Rowing for his exceptional service to the sport and the local community, which has included: taking up sea rowing at the age of 61, completing a 96 mile race for charity across the Irish Sea, managing Welsh Rowing International competitions and was lead in 2008, when Wales hosted the Home International Regatta and becoming Welsh Sea Rowing Association’s first qualified coach. 

Yatton Keynell Table Tennis Club's Vernon Hughes was nominated by Table Tennis England for his exceptional service to the sport and the local community. Hughes was a founder of the Yatton Keynell club and in 15 years of service has raised funds and organised tournaments despite being in his 80s.

Trowbridge Rugby Club's Charles Roberts was also recognised, having been nominated by the RFU, after leading the club's successful move to Doric Park, now a multi-sports community sports facility with its own running track, and fulfilling a variety of roles at the club. 

Vernon Hughes receives his 2018 Torch Trophy Trust Awards from HRH The Duke of Gloucester in London

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