Louth lad Kieran bags ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service CVS) awards.'Kieran Speed,17, from Louth won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award. EMN-150202-104600001
Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service CVS) awards.'Kieran Speed,17, from Louth won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award. EMN-150202-104600001

17-year-old Kieran Speed from Louth has scooped the Volunteer of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service presentation afternoon.

The awards ceremony held at the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre in Boston on Friday was set up to acknowledge the vast amount and array of work done by the charities, organisations and individuals it works to support.

Nominations for the awards came from LCVS teams in the four boroughs and districts where they are based.

Awards were given in nine categories including small charity, big achiever, trustee of the year and bringing communities together.

In addition there was acknowledgement of more than 100 people who have completed free training with LCVS in the past year.

A delighted Kieran said: “I’m shocked. I’m honoured too as it’s just a hobby for me really.

“But seeing other people in a bad way, I just think it shouldn’t be like that for them in this day and age and it 
just makes you want to help them.”

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, added: “Choosing the winners was a difficult process because everyone who was nominated had contributed in a huge way.

“What was particularly wonderful to see was the spread of people nominated for the awards. There were teenagers, pensioners and an array of different nationalities and those with disabilities, they were all represented among the nominees, which is what the word ‘community’ is all about.”

Jayne Pegg of the Trinity Centre in Louth also made the shortlist in the Bringing Communities Together accolade.