WATCH: National award for Rugby British Heart Foundation volunteer

A volunteer has won a national award for his commitment to the British Heart Foundation.

Matthew Sore, from West Haddon, has received the Retail Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts at the charity’s furniture and electrical shop in Rugby.

Matthew Sore

Matthew Sore

The 27-year-old started volunteering five days-a-week in 2012 after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in toxicology.

Matthew said he was thrilled with the news.

He added: “I am delighted to have been given such a prestigious title as there are so many worthy volunteers who give their time to the BHF.

“I would encourage anyone to volunteer for the BHF as it is such a rewarding experience and you get to meet the most fantastic and inspiring people.

“I’ve learnt how retail works and how broad the spectrum is when it comes to what the British Heart Foundation does.

“It gives you experience for your CV and helps you develop skills that can be used in a number of different jobs.”

The charity provides over 50 per cent of all UK cardiovascular research funding.

Jason Lomas, area manager for Rugby, said: “Volunteers are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, and play a vital part in fighting coronary heart disease, the nation’s single biggest killer.

“We simply couldn’t do the amazing work we do without people like Matthew.

“We appreciate every minute he has given us and we hope this will go some way to showing how grateful we are.”

BHF furniture and electrical stores offer a variety of roles including warehouse assistants, sales, customer service, window dressing and office administration and are keen to hear anyone who has a few hours to spare.

For more information about volunteering at Rugby’s British Heart Foundation shop or donating items call (01788) 535411.