Hazel Ball volunteer of the year award

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Leading local advice charity, Citizens Advice Exeter, is delighted to announce that Dennis Mardon has received the 2017 annual Hazel Ball volunteer of the year award.

The award bears the name of our friend and colleague, Hazel Ball, who we sadly lost in 2015. Hazel first joined our Board in 1980, and was a vocal advocate for the work of our charity throughout her career and in retirement.

Dennis was recognised for his contribution as Chair of the charity’s trustee board, and for his dedication to the work of the Charity.

Hazel’s husband, Jeff Skinner, said:

“Hazel would be delighted that Exeter CAB continues to go from strength to strength, receiving awards for its work and celebrating its 70th birthday. And she would be doubly pleased that this year’s award is going to Dennis. As we look forward with some trepidation to 2018 and the full roll out of universal credit in Exeter, we can be certain that the work of the volunteers that the award celebrates will continue to be vital in supporting fellow citizens who are less fortunate than we are; people for whom Hazel was always concerned”.

Award recipient Dennis Mardon said:

 “To say I was completely shocked is putting it mildly. This was totally unexpected and was very touching for me. Hazel was a very special person and a colleague and friend for many years and to receive this honour from her family is very special for me”.

Steve Barriball, Citizens Advice Exeter Chief Executive finished by saying:

“The award is an important part of how we remember Hazel. She played an important role in ensuring that our volunteering environment and the opportunities on offer were the best that they could be. To mark the achievements of Dennis with an award in Hazel’s name is perfect. We still miss Hazel terribly. But by making this annual award it means that Hazel’s legacy with our Charity continues.”


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Dennis Mardon