Samantha Cameron hosts reception to honour RPT volunteers


On Tuesday 24th May, volunteers at Rugby Portobello Trust were invited to an exclusive reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Mrs. Cameron, in recognition of their volunteering efforts.

The guests, who included RPT volunteers, staff and CEO Mark Simms, enjoyed an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister’s wife.

Catherine Moss, the Volunteer Manager at RPT (pictured above, third from left) commented, “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to thank the volunteers with a reception at such a special place. Many people met and learned about each other’s work at RPT for the first time and there was a sense of pride in belonging to a group of people whose life experience and skills vary enormously but who have a common approach in their low key, high quality work."

The charity was thrilled for Mrs. Cameron to host a reception and used the event to congratulate volunteers for their continued support. Rugby Portobello Trust helps young people to become a positive part of their community, by providing facilities, skills and guidance. RPT guides young people on their journey through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

The charity has over 180 active volunteers in client-facing services and fundraising. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, including former diplomats, home-makers and students. The event at 10 Downing Street celebrated all of the volunteers that dedicate their time and skills to RPT.

Volunteers who attended the evening expressed their gratitude for the event, “As always, it's inspiring to meet other volunteers and I thought the range of people at the reception spoke volumes about RPT. What a great organisation to be a part of.”

“It was an unparalleled evening which I doubt I can replicate in the future. There were so many amazing people there who do so many fantastic things. It really inspires you to help others”.

“Thank you for a truly fantastic evening - what a privilege for us all and great fun too. It was a really memorable occasion.”

“I thought it was a lovely evening and was thrilled to be included.”

Some of the Trust's young volunteers pictured with Mrs Cameron.

27th May 2016