Earlier this year we launched our new Inspire Awards campaign, which aims to recognise and reward inspirational, unsung heroes in the local community. Now we are delighted to announce that the winner, by public vote, is Mandy Gulliver the co-founder of Bournemouth’s ACTSFAST charity.
Mandy, who was nominated for the award by her husband, set up ACTSFAST last year to support parents and carers of abuse victims. Over the past year Mandy has worked tirelessly, giving up nearly all her spare time (up to 30 hours a week) to help people in need. As well as this she is in her third year training to be a counsellor, which in itself is extremely challenging, taking a lot of time, effort and motivation.
Peter Ruscoe, the Centre Manager of the Sovereign Shopping Centre, presented Mandy with her recognition certificate and hamper prizes which included a whole host of pampering treats and relaxation gifts from Boots.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have won. I couldn’t believe it when my husband told me he had put forward a nomination let alone to know that public voted for me to be the winner. Thank you to everyone that has supported me and the charity over the past year and a half, I cannot express my gratitude enough and I will continue to work hard for ACTSFAST and ensure there is always someone there for those in need.”
“At the Sovereign Shopping Centre we are incredibly proud about being part of such an incredible community in Bournemouth. We come across so many people in our day to day jobs, people who lead extraordinary lives putting others before themselves and are truly inspirational hence why we launched these awards. Congratulations to Mandy for being our first Inspire Awards winner and a heartfelt thank you for all her hard work.”