Coronation awards joy for Autism volunteer from South Oxhey, Watford.
Jo Wiggins is one of 500 outstanding volunteers to be chosen as the nation’s Coronation Champions.
Jo Wiggins, one of our charity champions has been recognised by Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort as part of the official Coronation celebrations in conjunction with Royal Voluntary Service. Jo has been volunteering with Anna Kennedy Online and Watford Football Club whilst single handedly bringing up her own 2 children and has been recognised for her contribution and crowned a Coronation Champion. This follows a call out to the nation to nominate their volunteer heroes. Almost 5000 entries were received, with nominations made for individuals aged 14 up to 103.
Jo impressed judges with her 9 years of service to Anna Kennedy Online and at Watford Football Club introducing youngsters to the game through their sensory room. She is also a well known member of her community in South Oxhey, giving people support on a daily basis.
With the support of Her Majesty The Queen Consort, a passionate advocate of volunteering and President of Royal Voluntary Service, the Coronation Champions Awards were launched to recognise exceptional volunteers from across the country at this momentous point in history. Across the UK, 500 Champions dazzled the judging panel with the impact of their work, their inspirational stories and unwavering commitment to volunteering.
All Coronation Champions, including Jo, were invited to attend one of the official Coronation celebrations, at Buckingham Palace Coronation Garden Party. They also received a specially designed, official Coronation Champions pin and a certificate signed by Their Majesties.
Commenting on becoming a Coronation Champion Jo said: “It’s an honour to be named a Coronation Champion especially as I’m such a huge Royalist. At Anna Kennedy Online, we are a small team but we all work hard to make a difference and Anna in particular has inspired me to help others, it’s heart-warming to have my volunteering efforts recognised.”
She attended the garden party on May 9th which was attended by The Prince and Princess of Wales, members of the Royal family and many celebrities and dignitaries.
The Coronation Champions Awards invited people across the UK to nominate their local volunteering heroes who are going the extra mile. Nominations were made across eight award categories; supporting older people; supporting young people and children; crisis and welfare; community; sports, culture, and heritage; health and care; sustainability and the environment; and animal welfare.