David Howarth wins President's Award "Running the Ramblers"
David Howarth from the Isle Of Wight recently (Saturday 6 June) received a national award from the Ramblers during this year's Voluteers Week.
In his six years as Area Chair of the Isle of Wight Ramblers, David raised more than £70,000 in funding to improve accesss along stretches of four different footpaths. In recognition of his work, David scooped the "Running the Ramblers" award at the Ramblers President's Voluteers Awards. The finalists for the award were shortlisted by the Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook and walking enthusiasts across the country voted for the winner.
Kate said " We congratulate David on his award, he has dedicated years to protecting and improving access to the outdoors. Thanks to his management and fundraising expertise the Isle of Wight Ramblers has grown into one of the most exemplary groups acroo our network, having recently received the Queen's Award for Volutary Service. Our Ramblers voluteers are vital to our success. Their daily efforts underpin our work in protecting people's rights to enjoy the outdoors. The annual Voluteers' Week is a timely celebration of the hard work and dedication of millions of voluteers and this year I'm proud to be able to convey our thanks through the President's Voluteer Awarda as well".
David said "I am proud of the achievements of the Isle of Wight ramblers and honoured to have received this awardfrom our President, Kate has been a huge inspiration to our Island members".
David's initiatives have included the Donate a Gate scheme which raised £49,000 in five years to finance new footpath gates on the Island. In 2011 he led the Ilse Of Wight Ramblers team in receiving the prestigious Queen's Award for Volutary Service from the Earl of Wessex at Carisbrooke Castle.
"The Making of the President's Award Winner " View David Howarth's blogg here