Glasgow volunteer Stephen Docherty has won a Glasgow Evening Times Community Champion Award for his fantastic work raising over £100,000 for the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow’s Big Build appeal.
Hundreds of local people, including charity representatives, school pupils, youth groups and public service workers cheered as Stephen accepted his Community Champion Individual Award.
A large chunk of the £100,000 money Stephen raised was through Marie Curie’s sponsored cycle from Warsaw to Vilnius, called Bike the Baltic, which he and four other cyclists – called the Grumpy Old Geezers – raised together over £20,000. Two years later Stephen was instrumental in getting the Grumpy Old Geezers and other friends together for another bike ride, this time from Berlin to Warsaw, raising over £60,000.
Since 2007, Stephen’s support, involvement and inspiration have also seen him raise £50,000 through the Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs Rotary club – the highest amount a single group donated in support of the Big Build appeal for the new hospice. Part of the £50,000 total came from golf days, race nights and other Rotary events in which Stephen was a driving force.
“I am really surprised to have won this award,” says Stephen.
“When I saw what other people were nominated for, I thought their achievements were much harder, so I didn’t expect to win.
As well as fundraising, Stephen volunteers at hospice events, and his activities have raised the profile of the care provided for local patients and their loved ones.
“I am just the catalyst, to be honest, and I see my success as a reflection of the generosity of the people I know, who have given a lot of time and money, and often both,” says Stephen.
Karen Milne, Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Community Fundraising Manager in Glasgow, is no stranger to Stephen’s modesty, “Stephen is an extraordinary person who has demonstrated incredible commitment to the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care, working during his free time to fundraise, volunteer at hospice events, and raise the profile of the organisation at every opportunity,” she says. “He is the type of person who gets his sleeves rolled up and does his very best for others – from serving hot dogs at the hospice spring fair to organising black tie events, to cycling through mud and rain in the name of fundraising – he is always willing to do so with incredible humility, kindness and sincerity.
“The work he has done for the hospice has no doubt inspired other supporters to support services that, without people like him, would simply cease to exist.”
(Article from Marie Curie People newspaper, May 2011 edition)
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