A DEDICATED volunteer for The Joshua Tree children’s cancer charity has won an award for her Business Volunteering contribution to the Northwich-based charity by the Chester Voluntary Action organisation.

Mum of two Claire McLeish, from Hartford, has volunteered for The Joshua Tree for more than five years – assisting the charity with online marketing and digital support as well as volunteering at numerous fundraising events.

She said: "Winning a volunteer award from Chester Voluntary Action was a lovely surprise.

“I really enjoy my time volunteering for such a worthwhile charity and with such a fantastic team. Lots of us have skills learned in the workplace that are useful to charities, and every little helps."

Catherine Bickerton, volunteer co-ordinator at The Joshua Tree said: “As well as her professional knowledge being invaluable to us, Claire is always happy to put on a Joshua Tree T-shirt and represent us at events.

“Claire is an enthusiastic supporter of everything we do and we are delighted that her dedication has been recognised."

As well as receiving prizes from Chester Zoo, Gladstone's Library, Retain Wellbeing CIC and The Chester Grosvenor, Claire was presented with a graffiti art ‘Star’ original piece of artwork by Graffiti Dave from Chester.

The Joshua Tree supports families across the north west living with the life changing experience of childhood cancer and is always seeking new volunteers to donate their time, skills and energy.

You can find out more at thejoshuatree.org.uk The charity is still looking for funding, service and product partners to help it open the doors of its new Support Centre in time for January 2018.

The centre is being created in Dalefords Lane, Sandiway.

It will provide an appropriate environment for our families accommodating children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers and will feature a multi-functional activity room, private counselling suites, office facilities, a small café area, soft play and sensory equipment, a games room and outdoor play area and landscaped gardens.

If you are a funder, business or tradesperson who can help support the #digdeep campaign call Jo Garner at the charity on 01606 331858.