Felicity Kendal and Myleene Klass are among the famous faces announced as judges for the Royal Voluntary Service’s new Platinum Champions Awards.
The national volunteering charity has launched a new official anniversary project to invite people across the UK to nominate exceptional volunteers.
With the charity’s President, the Duchess of Cornwall, presiding over the star-studded jury, 70 outstanding volunteers will be selected from 490 finalists to be recognized as Platinum Champions.
Celebrity judges include Ade Adepitan, Alex Jones, Elaine Paige, Gethin Jones, Gyles Brandreth and Tom Read Wilson, all of whom will help determine the Platinum Champions from a selection of 490 finalists.
The prominent judges will work with volunteer specialists, charity leaders and academics to select champions in seven categories.
The deadline for the Platinum Champions Awards has been extended to April 18 and people are encouraged to take advantage of the new deadline and nominate volunteers from among their friends and family members.
I’ve worked extensively in food banks during the pandemic and have seen firsthand how many brilliant people are supporting their communitiesGethin Jones
Singer and presenter Klass, 44, will be judging the Youth and Children category, she said: “As a proud member of the Platinum Champions Awards jury, I’d love to hear from the volunteers who are making an extra effort to support children and young people .
“I have no doubt this is a difficult category to judge knowing that there are so many volunteer superheroes out there improving the lives, happiness and health of children, which is incredibly important to me. ”
The BBC’s The One Show and Morning Live are the official broadcast partners of the awards, with presenters Alex and Gethin also serving on the judging panel.
video of the day
Morning Live presenter Gethin said: “I am delighted to be judging in the Crisis and Welfare category. I’ve worked extensively in food banks during the pandemic and have seen firsthand how many brilliant people are supporting their communities.
“We’re looking for those people who have taken the trouble to make a remarkable difference and we can’t wait to see who you will nominate.”
Kendal, 75, who received recognition for her role in The Good Life, will help judge the NHS and social care category. She said: “The Platinum Champions Awards is such a wonderful project. I think it’s becoming more and more important to recognize the selfless work of volunteers.
“As an Ambassador for the Royal Voluntary Service, I have seen for myself the tremendous impact volunteers can have on the lives of others. I would love to hear from volunteers who bring that personal touch and warmth to their volunteering as I think it is so important in the modern world we live in.”
Other stars supporting the project include Phillip Schofield and Oti Mabuse.
Former Strictly Come Dancing star and Platinum Champions Awards Ambassador Mabuse, 31, said: “I’m delighted to support the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Champions Awards. The anniversary is the perfect moment to celebrate, to say thank you to all the amazing people who donate their time to help others and bring our communities together.”
The 70 most outstanding volunteers will be invited to celebrate at an official jubilee event, a special edition of The Big Jubilee Lunch, on 5 June at a London location.
To nominate a volunteer for the Platinum Champions Awards please visit: royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/platinum-champions-awards.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/felicity-kendal-and-myleene-klass-among-celebrity-judges-for-new-jubilee-project-41535964.html Felicity Kendal and Myleene Klass among the prominent jurors for the new anniversary project