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YHA Tremendous service recognised
    15/08/2012 10:29

Tremendous service recognised

On 14th July YHA’s Chairman, Chris Darmon, presented awards to volunteers and former staff who have given tremendous service to YHA. The informal ceremony followed YHA’s Annual General Meeting in Manchester.

He presented the Trevelyan Medal, YHA’s highest award, to Hedley Alcock OBE, a Vice-President and former YHA chairman, who is also an enthusiastic volunteer and member of YHA’s Central Region Council. Hedley has played an important role in Youth Hostelling internationally, a fact recognised by various European cities of which he is a freeman. He started Youth Hostelling in 1946.

The chairman also presented six Honorary Life Memberships to:

Joan Chapman who, with service of more than 60 years, was a founder member and secretary of Kendal Local Group in 1940, was Regional Council Vice President, and was a hostel standards inspector and volunteer warden

Alistair Mackinnon, who as a volunteer of over 50 years has held posts including Regional Treasure and has supported small hostels over many decades

Rowland Pittard, for his 50 years involvement specialising in Countryside, Environment and public transport, representing YHA externally in these areas, and as Regional Chairman and Secretary

Dave Byers, a Chartered Surveyor who as a member of Central Region has over many years as a volunteer assisted the Property team by carrying out building inspections and was also a member of the Epping Forest House Committee, Eastern Area Panel and many working parties

The contribution of Joe Hardy, manager at YHA Edale and a member of staff for more than 40 years, was recognised particularly for the leading role he has played as a chairman of the union for hostel staff

Jon Cant’s contribution for more than thirty years and particularly as chairman of the union for office staff was also recognised.

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