Here at Derby Kids’ Camp we’ve been celebrating the long-term service of many of our volunteers at our very first awards evening! The event took place during the annual Reunion & AGM night, and was to recognise and reward the hard work of all our volunteers – many of whom return over and over again to provide local children with fantastic holidays and memories each year!
68 of our current volunteers have received an award for 5 or more years of voluntary service, many of whom were present to celebrate on the night.
Pete Kay was one of three volunteers who received a 30-year award. Pete has volunteered with DKC for an incredible 32 years, both on camp and on the management committee organising camp behind the scenes. Pete said ‘Derby Kids’ Camp is so fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers. The evening was a brilliant event as I received a 30-year trophy. I was so pleased in seeing so many people receive their awards.’
Camp is now virtually unrecognisable from when Pete started volunteering in 1983 – he said that ‘when I first went on camp we only had two marquees, and these were lit with big gas lanterns, the flooring was just grass and the children slept on sleeping mats. There were no sinks on camp, we had to carry the water from a tap and we had only two chemical toilets that we emptied ourselves!’
DKC relies on around 170 volunteers each year to provide free camping holidays for deserving and disadvantaged children from Derby city and the surrounding areas. We are incredibly grateful for all of our volunteers who both staff the holidays and keep the charity running throughout the year – whether they’ve been with us for one year or several decades!
We’ll be recruiting the next ‘volunteer army’ of summer camp volunteers early in the new year, ready for DKC 2017 – watch this space!