Felixstowe: Penny Parker in final three for national fundraising award

Penny Parker with current Ipswich Star guide dog puppy Diamond.

Penny Parker with current Ipswich Star guide dog puppy Diamond. - Credit: Archant

FUNDRAISER Penny Parker is today up for a national award to recognise her dedication to the Guide Dogs charity.

Mrs Parker, who is the puppy walker for the Ipswich Star trainee guide dog puppies, is one of three nominations for the Charity Staff Foundation’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year award.

She is up against Gareth Marr, of the MS Society, and Jodie Vasquez, of the Sick Children’s Trust, and they will find out tonight who has won at a ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London.

A spokesman for the foundation, which supports people working as volunteers in the charity sector, said: “In December and January, charity staff and volunteers from across the UK nominated their charity heroes.

“It was incredibly difficult choosing the finalists out of the very many hundreds of wonderful nominations that we received, and congratulations must go to the selected finalists.”

Mrs Parker, of Felixstowe, chairman of the East and Mid Suffolk fundraising group for Guide Dogs, said: “It’s a real thrill just to be nominated for such a prestigious award and I am really looking forward to the evening.”