Volunteer fundraiser receives a hero award

Recognition...NSPCC volunteer Tracey Holderness, of Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)
Recognition...NSPCC volunteer Tracey Holderness, of Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

An NSPCC volunteer who has earned an award for eight years of dedicated fundraising, is showing no signs of slowing down as she prepares for her next adventure.

Tracey Holderness, a singing teacher and choir leader, has recently received a certificate for being an NSPCC Volunteer Hero, which she accepted on behalf of the whole Harborough NSPCC fundraising committee.

The 41-year-old said: “We will always fundraise for such a worthwhile charity, but it’s nice to get feedback.

“The NSPCC is saying thank you to its volunteers and hopefully it will encourage more people to get involved.

“Our committee puts on regular events including coffee mornings, quizzes and cream teas. Every couple of years I like to put on a concert too.”

Barbara Elsey, the NSPCC community fundraising manager for Leicestershire, said: “Our volunteers really are heroes to us and, more importantly, to the children that we work to protect.

“So we wanted to celebrate them and the fantastic things they do to make our work with vulnerable children possible.

“The Harborough NSPCC committee’s support has been invaluable and we would like to appeal to other local people to become volunteers.”

Tracey is helping to organise a concert at Market Harborough Congregational Church on Saturday, July 19, to boost sponsorship for a skydive she is doing with four of her friends later in the year.

The Great Bowden Recital Trust adults’ choir, led by Tracey, will be performing at the event as will fellow singer Jonathan Reynolds.

Tracey’s sister Michelle McKinney, who is a successful artist, is also donating a piece of her work to be raffled off on her Justgiving website and at the concert.

Michelle creates original artworks hand-cut from ultra fine metal inspired by elements of nature and her work is in high demand at home and abroad.

She has also undertaken several high-profile commissions with clients including The British Council, The Dorchester Hotel and The Royal Albert Memorial in Exeter. She currently has an exhibition in Paris and exhibits annually at a Kings Road gallery in London.

A donation of £5 gets people into the draw and the winner will be picked at the concert on July 19.

To find out more or to make a donation to the skydive, which is taking place in Nottingham, visit www.justgiving.

Tickets for the concert cost £6 and are available from the MH Music shop, in St Mary’s Road, Harborough.