One of St Peter’s Hospice most dedicated volunteers has been honoured with a Bristol Gold Star Award by the Bristol Post for his service to the charity
Aylwyn Powell is a volunteer driver and stalwart supporter of St Peter’s Hospice.
Alongside driving hundreds of miles to pick up patients, Aylwyn uses any spare time to help the hospice. From raising thousands from charity concerts he organises, getting stuck in with the gardening, playing the organ for the carol services to collecting money door to door.
Alwyn will have volunteered for St Peter’s Hospice for six years this September. He first started helping out at the hospice after they cared for his wife.
“The staff were incredible,” said Aylwyn. “Those four days were the best she had for months. It was then I was determined that everyone should be treated that way.”
Aylwyn is incredibly humble about the work he does and puts the emphasis on the team effort.
“The whole atmosphere in there is unbelievable. It calms you down when you walk in the door… It is like magic!”
“Bristol should be proud of the people who are volunteering there… We wouldn’t be able to do it without them all.”
“It is an honour to be picked to get the award.”
Marc Willetts is the hospice volunteer manager at St Peter’s Hospice and works closely with Aylwyn on a daily basis.
“Aylwyn is always prepared to go the extra mile,” says Marc. “His cheery positive disposition makes him a well-loved driver by patients, families and staff. We believe him to be of special note and recognition.”
The Bristol Post Gold Star Awards have been running for 24 years and celebrate ordinary local people who have done extraordinary things. They are the longest-running awards of their kind in the South West.
To read more about Aylwyn and the awards click here.