Our Coronation Champion!

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One of our wonderful volunteers, Joe Brocking, has been named Coronation Champion.

In honour of Their Majesties’ service to the country, the Royal Voluntary Service launched the Coronation Champions Awards to celebrate the extraordinary volunteers that do so much for their communities.

Almost 5000 volunteers were nominated, with nominations made for individuals aged 14 to 103.​​​​​​​ Our volunteering team nominated Joe, who was recognised by Their Majesties The King and The Queen for the contribution he has made to St Catherine’s, and subsequently crowned one of just 500 Coronation Champions.

Joe has volunteered for St Catherine’s for over nine years and impressed the judges with the impact he has made across East Surrey and West Sussex by supporting our charity in a variety of ways – from being a patient driver and delivering leaflets, to speaking at community events and volunteering in our Redhill shop four days a week.

Joe smiling at the camera whilst holding up his certificate and wearing his badge
Joe holding his certificate, wearing his Coronation Champion pin badge

Joe said:

“To be named as a Coronation Champion is such a shock and an honour. I absolutely love volunteering for St Catherine’s and I see it as a privilege that I can help the hospice in some small way to support people in the community who are facing the end of their lives. Through my volunteering I have walked many miles, talked to hundreds of people and heard so many lovely stories. Volunteering is not a hardship – I love it and the people I meet inspire me to keep doing it.” ​​​​​​​

Joe was invited to attend Windsor Castle on Sunday to join in with the official Coronation celebrations. He also received a specially designed Coronation Champions pin and a certificate signed by Their Majesties.

A massive congratulations to Joe for being chosen – what an absolutely fantastic achievement. 

Joe in a suit and Dawn in a red dress smiling at the camera holding a Union Jack flag
Joe and Dawn, Redhill Shop Manager, at Windsor Castle