NCT Stars Awards 2015

On Tuesday I made my way to London for the NCT Stars Awards 2015 which were held at The House of Lords.  The star awards recognise and celebrate NCT branch volunteers who are the backbone of the charity. There are 324 branches across the UK and without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer parents the local support and services that we do.

I wasn’t sure I was going to actually make the ceremony as I’ve not recovered from being poorly after Run or Dye, my family were going to accompany me but Arthur was poorly so they had to stay at home.  I spent the whole train journey to London coughing, taking cough sweets and dosing myself with paracetemol to take down my temperature.  There is nothing worse when you’re feeling poorly than sitting on a stuffy train then taking the tube to your destination. believe me.


I was nominated for volunteer behind the scenes of the year which is for an NCT volunteer who has supported and helped other volunteers to ensure the smooth running of NCT in their local area.  I had already won the regional award and although I didn’t win the national award I was awarded Highly Commended which was fantastic.


Here’s what the people who voted for me said:

“Daniella is relentless in her dedication.  She moved into the area with her new baby and took on the treasurer role, making the accounts more efficient which helped the branch become one of the top ten fundraising branches.  She also took on the newsletter editor role, and digitalised the newsletter, which has extended the reach in an incredible way. Plus she took on other tasks such as manning the NCT stands at two summer festivals, and organised an amazing raffle.  She is supportive and helpful.  She completes everything with a smile and brings enthusiasm and happiness to the branch team.”


I had the most amazing day at the House of Lords, I got to meet my local MP Chris White who came to support me during the awards, we were served a delicious afternoon tea and of course I got to visit the House of Lords which is not something many people can say.

I’ve been a volunteer with NCT since 2013 and I’m so proud of my branch and the work that we do.  I took over as Branch Coordinator earlier this year and it’s one of the best things I ever did, I have a great team of volunteers and practitioners and we provide some fantastic services and support to our local parents.  To be recognised in a national awards ceremony really pushes you to do more and I would love to see more members of my team nominated at the stars awards next year.

Do you or have you ever volunteered?


19 Responses to NCT Stars Awards 2015

  1. Tori Gabriel says:

    Awww, congratulations for winning the regional award and what lovely comments from the poeple who voted for you. I used to volunteer at my local animal shelter but sadly I had to stop as I ended up adopting three different cats! If I’d have stayed I’d have an entire zoo by now!

  2. Ashleigh Day says:

    Congrats! I always have so much respect for people who take time out of their own lifes to volunteer.

  3. congratulations! what an accolade, shame you weren’t feeling well but well done on making it! x

  4. Aimee Foster says:

    Congratulations, looks like you had an amazing day and your award was well deserved! Going to the House of Lords must have been incredible x

  5. Sarah Bailey says:

    Wow congratulations what a well deserved award to have received. x

  6. Claire Ridewood says:

    What an exciting day out, what a shame you weren’t feeling your best but hugecongr4atulations on such a well deserved award!!

  7. whatlauraloves says:

    Congratulations! What an achievement! Taking time out to give back is so important xxx

  8. Rachel says:

    I have done a fair bit of voluntary work in the past and absolutely thrived on it. Well done on your award, it is more than deserved x

  9. Congrats on getting this. Well done on your award.

  10. Renna says:

    That’s amazing!! Congratulations!!
    I do so much voluntary work for something or another, it must feel amazing to actually be recognised for all your hard work.

  11. Zoe IKIWN says:

    Wow, what a wonderful award to receive. Congratulations!

  12. Charlotte says:

    Congratulations for being highly commended. It is lovely to be appreciated for the hard work you obviously put in. x

  13. Oh my goodness!
    Congratulations – Amazing! Totally well deserved 😀
    Charlotte x

  14. I never volnteered. I always worked more that 50-60h and simply no where to squzee that.

  15. leeshastarr says:

    Congrats! I’d love to do some volunteer work abroad. I am looking into doing some next year with my university if my work will allow me too.

  16. Well done, what an amazing achievement and a memorable event. You deserve it!

  17. Helen Gray says:

    Congratulations, I was also a finalist too for High Wycombe! Only found out you blog through Joe’s email. It was a wonderful afternoon. @unevenlemming

    • daniellaabraham says:

      Congratulations to you too. Yes it was a fabulous afternoon, I just wish I got a chance to network a bit more.

  18. Emma says:

    Well done to you! I attempted to volunteer for our local NCT, but never ever got a response. I know I should have tried harder. Perhaps I will try and contact them again

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