Jo Kline Crimestoppers Highly Commended Lifetime Achievement Award 2024
Category: Charity, R&P News

Recognition and thanks to volunteers and their valuable contribution to our community

Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. The celebration starts on the first Monday in June each year and is a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

We are proud to have many of our staff who give hours of their time selflessly to various causes which are close to their hearts. This year, however, we are more than proud of one of our employees who has been recognised for her support and continued volunteering commitment having been awarded Highly Commended Lifetime Achievement Award in the National Crimestoppers Volunteer Awards.

Danny Andreassen who nominated Jo Kline and is Chair of Gloucestershire Crimestoppers, nominated Jo, who has been Secretary to the Board for over 20 years, and since then, she has been the very finest example of selflessness.

Danny said in his nomination “Jo has worked tirelessly to juggle her busy job, her family, her achievements within martial arts, latterly within a darts team, and all whilst continually giving the very best of herself to the Crimestoppers Committee and as a critical and vital member of our team that is underpinned by Jo’s incredible dedication and contribution.

At our level we see Jo bringing each and every meeting together, often on short notice, and with Jo arranging not just the venue, but hospitality too, and all with the support of her employers who remain ever supportive of Jo’s hard work for the charity, even going as far as supplying storage space for Crimestoppers merchandise and display equipment. In isolation, there will be many similar stories across the country, but when you combine Jo’s endless supply of solutions for us as a committee (even recruiting her daughter to assist with ‘spreading the word’) and Jo’s drive to make a difference, it becomes ever more difficult to truly translate or verbalise how incredible a person Jo is.

It would be no exaggeration to say that Jo’s support and passion was a large decision-making factor to me accepting the offer of Chair for Gloucestershire Crimestoppers, and from my very first experience of Jo, I’ve been in awe of her strength and willingness to be the best she can be for people who will never be able to appreciate her invaluable hard work and time.”

Jo said “Lifetime achievement sounds just like it should feel like a lifetime. 20 years does sound like that but looking back it doesn’t seem like it at all thanks to the selfless and positive Board we have in Gloucestershire. The reason for the charity is to raise awareness of the free anonymous phone number so people can feel confident to report crime without any repercussion. The Gloucestershire board members, past and present, proactively and positively support various awareness campaigns and make every meeting a joy, a pleasure and, quoting one of my fellow board members, they make volunteering the best.”

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