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Devon pair named as finalists in Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards

15 May 2019 09:50 | Sara Raine

TWO rugby volunteers from Devon are in the running to win a national award.

Plymouth Argaum’s Bridgette Raymont and Cullompton and Devon Ladies’ Greg Richards have been selected as finalists in the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Regional winners from all around the country will attend an event at Twickenham where the overall winners will be unveiled.

The Devon pair – one from the north and east side of the county and one from the south and west area - were selected as regional winners from a host of nominations from around county, all of whom received ‘value volunteer’ certificates.

A large number of those were invited to a special volunteers’ lunch event before Devon’s game with Hampshire last Saturday at Okehampton.

Bridgette was nominated for taking on a major role at Plymouth Argaum. Her nomination mentioned how she had single-handedly transformed the outside of their clubhouse which had been a dumping ground for fly-tippers.  It also said she had repainted the inside and out of the club and created a car park and a beer garden. She has also taken on the match-day cooking for both the senior and mini sections at Argaum and maintained their five-star hygiene rating.

Greg was praised for his hard-work for both Cullompton Ladies and Devon. His nomination said that he spent hours analysing videos and planning sessions and how he coached Cullompton to winning last year’s RFU Intermediate Plate and how this season the team were pushing for the top of the Championship Two having been promoted twice in four. It also mentioned how he arranges fundraising events and sponsorship to keep cover the cost of their long journeys and equipment. He has introduced a weekly lottery to raise money for the whole club. His work for Devon Ladies was also praised and reported how he had introduced monthly open sessions in order to promote the development of the sport across the county.