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City volunteers receive special thank you from MP

June 18, 2010 10:29 AM
Huppert Volunteer Week

Huppert says a big thank you to city volunteers

Cambridge volunteers received a special thank you from MP Julian Huppert when he attended an event organised by Volunteering England.

Julian joined 50 MPs from around the country in London during Volunteers' Week to pay tribute to the volunteers who give their time to benefit their communities.

He said: "Volunteers make an amazing contribution to society and I would like to encourage more people to get involved. Volunteering offers something for everyone, from mentoring young people, to supporting the elderly or campaigning on local issues.

"It's a great way to meet people and make a real difference to other people's lives."

Volunteers from a number of organisations were on hand to share their stories with the MPs, including the Cadets and the National Trust.

Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England, said: "The country faces many challenges in the current economic climate and volunteering will have a central role to play in ensuring that we emerge stronger and more resilient."

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who supported Volunteers' Week said: "When I travel across the country, I have the privilege of meeting so many dedicated volunteers doing incredible jobs for charities, organisations and their communities.

"It's absolutely right to take time out to pay tribute to our many volunteers, which is why Volunteers' Week is such a fantastic initiative; and it's in that spirit that this Government will be launching a national day to celebrate and encourage social action."