Hi, my name is Joe and I work for a unique charity called Room to Reward.
Our charity supports exceptional volunteers who have all been nominated by their respective charities and community groups as outstanding long-serving volunteer heroes - or as we call them 'Hidden Heroes'. We do this by giving them a short, free, 'thank you' break in one of our partner hotels.
Some examples of Hidden Heroes range from volunteers who have saved multiple lives, to an elderly couple who each contributed over 50-years of service to charity - and despite being over 80 still volunteer regularly including on Christmas day when they support lonely people in the area.
Our project 'Wellbeing Breaks for Disadvantaged Heroes' is focused on supporting disadvantaged heroes who are disabled, have autism, learning difficulties, are carers or have terminal illnesses. We aim to provide them with respite and wellbeing breaks in order to thank them for their volunteering contribution and to provide them with a much-needed and well earned break.
We believe that it is of the utmost importance to nurture people who selflessly transform our communities and who are beacons of light to others. By investing in these community heroes, we are not only supporting them in their development as leaders, but we're inspiring others to rise as heroes.
As well as the obvious physical and mental health benefits of a couple of nights 'away from it all', the impact of recognising and thanking these vital volunteering efforts cannot be overstated.
Our project will support disadvantaged Hidden Heroes from anywhere in the UK.
Every day, we read and hear inspiring stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, giving up their time to make a difference where it's needed most. It is our pleasure and privilege to give these Hidden Heroes just a fraction of that time back.
Your support will enable us to ensure that each nominated Hidden Hero has the same opportunity to enjoy the break they so truly deserve.
You can find out more about our charity and the Hidden Heroes at www.roomtoreward.org.