Meet our 2018/19 Volunteer Ambassadors

Here they are – Lorna, Angela and Toni, our newest Make-A-Wish Ambassadors, recognised for their outstanding contribution as volunteers.

They visit wish children to capture their One True Wish. They raise money. They take part in challenge events. They bring different experiences and come from different parts of the country. They're all amazing!

Lorna, Angela and Toni are the first volunteers in the history of Make-A-Wish to become Ambassadors. Alongside the charity’s patrons, they’re people who go above and beyond to raise funds for and awareness of the charity. They use their skills and networks in different ways to help grant wishes.

Lorna, Angela and Toni have been recognised as the three most active volunteers and received the title during Volunteers’ Week in June.

Lorna Grey

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Lorna started volunteering with Make-A-Wish in 2004 and is incredibly proactive in raising awareness of and generating support for Make-A-Wish. She visits wish children to capture their One True Wish and uses her experience in this role to train others as well as contributing to discussions about how we can improve our approach. She sources talks to generate support for Make-A-Wish and organises bucket collections. 

For her 60th birthday, she leapt from the Sky Tower to raise funds for Make-A-Wish and for her 65th she abseiled from the Orbit. 

Many of Lorna’s friends and family have supported Make-A-Wish in some way and her husband Allan is taking part in Ride London this year (for the third time!). Lorna will be there to cheer him and the other Make-A-Wish participants on. Allan also did the 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours with his running club back in 2006. 

"I was absolutely delighted and extremely proud to be appointed Make-A-Wish Ambassador. I love the fact that locally I’m known as the Wish Lady, why wouldn’t I?"

Lorna

Angela Costello

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Angela joined Make-A-Wish in 2012. She visits the children who are referred to us to find out what their One True Wish is and has also taken on the role of training volunteers who are new to this. Angela is chair of the fundraising group in Portsmouth, where she's a Public Speaker and is always looking for opportunities to promote her ability to talk about Make-A-Wish. She's done a number of talks to local schools and also has a number of collection tins in the area. 

Angela is a key representative for Make-A-Wish in the Portsmouth area and will always volunteer for local activities, but is willing to travel too. In addition to all of this, she's recently applied to help support our special events, such as the Winter Ball. 

"It is an honour to become an Ambassador. Recognition is always appreciated; especially that volunteering for Make-A-Wish is something that I love to do as it enables wonderful wishes to be granted for some of the many children that live with a life-limiting condition."

Angela

Toni Findley

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Toni started volunteering in 2015. Her son Matt had his wish to swim with dolphins granted in 1992. Toni visits lots of our wish children to talk to them about their One True Wish and the empathy she shows families is immeasurable. She's mentored colleagues who are new to this role and been a great support to them. 

Toni has also helped with fundraising activities such as telling her story at events, bucket collections and selling Christmas cards. Toni was our most active volunteer between 2017-2018.

"I feel honoured to have been asked if I would like to be an Ambassador for Make-A-Wish. Of course, I said ‘yes’ immediately, just in case anybody changed their mind! It does seem special to have my contribution recognised when being able to work for the charity is already so rewarding."

Toni