Zoe’s passion for volunteering is recognised by a national award

Zoe Grant with awards host, comedian Mark Watson
Zoe Grant with awards host, comedian Mark Watson

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Awoman has channelled her energy into transforming a children’s charity.

Zoe Grant, volunteer manager at Havant-based charity Over The Wall, has played a key role in expanding the team.

Over The Wall arranges free activity camps for seriously ill children, as well as respite for their families.

Zoe, who joined the charity in 2013, won Volunteer Manager of the Year at the Third Sector Awards, which recognise the work of people across the not-for-profit sector.

Volunteers numbers at Over The Wall have shot up by 40 per cent – from 456 to 638 and counting – with Zoe’s help.

She has also opened more opportunities for volunteers with disabilities and helped to secure a £100,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop Over The Wall.

Zoe said: ‘It is a privilege to receive the award. I’m thrilled that the exceptional and unique experience we offer at Over The Wall camps has been recognised in this way.’

Zoe collected her prestigious award at a ceremony hosted by comedian Mark Watson at The Lancaster Hotel in London.

Kevin Mathieson, CEO of Over The Wall, said: ‘We are thrilled that Zoe won this award, but we are not surprised. Since Zoe’s arrival at Over The Wall, she has transformed our volunteer department.

‘Zoe ensures our volunteers are valued, supported and recognised for the fantastic work they do with us, and we are thrilled her hard work is being acknowledged with such a prestigious award.’

n This year’s We Can Do It awards are to be held at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Sunday, November 27. Doors will open at 1.30pm with the awards starting at 2pm. Entry is free. Tickets are now available from the New Theatre Royal box office on (023) 9264 9000.