Heating oil supplier, Emo Oil, has recognised the hard work of a charity champion in the Swindon community and rewarded her for dedicating her spare time and energy to making the area a better place.
Kerry Rutherford, from Toothill, was selected to receive £200 after Louise Clayton, head coach at Swindon Dolphins swimming club, nominated her as a ‘thank you’ for giving up her free time to raise money for a number of charities.
Emo Oil, based on Bridgend Road, Swindon, made the donation as part of its charity champion bursary scheme, which aims to celebrate those who go over and above to take care of their local community.
Ten-year-old Kerry recently cut 12 inches off her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to children experiencing hair loss. She also took part in an open water swim for Prospect Hospice, in which her team raised more than £1,600.
Kerry said: “I am very happy that Emo Oil picked me as the charity champion, it still doesn’t feel real. I’m proud that my swimming is raising money to help other people.”
Emo Oil regional manager, Sue Lewis, said: “We received some fantastic nominations which made it tough to select just one charity champion. Kerry is a credit to the community and has done some fantastic work which deserves recognition.
“Highlighting the work of these great individuals is our chance to give something back to the people who add so much to this community.”
In addition to recognising the work Kerry undertakes, Emo Oil also sponsored a trophy to celebrate swimmers from Kerry’s swimming club, the Swindon Dolphins, who have won events in the club championships. The trophy was awarded during a special awards ceremony at the end of November.
Photos of Kerry by Richard Wintle of Calyx www.calyxpix.com