Sarah-Louise celebrated for inspiring local volunteers

Sarah Louise wins Retail Volunteer award.
Sarah Louise wins Retail Volunteer award.

The British Heart Foundation has recognised the work of Sarah-Louise Dunne by naming her their Young Retail Volunteer of the Year.

Sarah-Louise, from Portadown, received the award from British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland for her relentless determination in the fight against heart disease.

Every volunteer is a real heart hero for BHF NI, but Sarah-Louise scooped the accolade for the hard work and dedication she has demonstrated in the BHF Portadown shop - helping the charity to raise money to fund its lifesaving research.

“I am thrilled to have received the Young Retail Volunteer of the Year award from BHF Northern Ireland,” said Sarah-Louise.

“I love coming in and volunteering - I get to work with some fantastic people and have made some wonderful friends.
“Everyone is so supportive, especially the area manager, Maureen McElhatton, and assistant area manager, Philip Kee. I have learnt a great amount since I started volunteering and have gained some invaluable experience. I would encourage anyone to volunteer for BHF Northern Ireland, as it is such a rewarding experience and you get to meet the most fantastic and inspiring people.”

Coronary heart disease is Northern Ireland’s single biggest killer and, all too often, it strikes suddenly and unexpectedly. For over 50 years, BHF NI has been fighting tirelessly against heart disesase by funding research that saves lives. Great strides have been made, but the charity still needs the support of volunteers to help.

BHF NI encourages its volunteers to use and develop the skills they already have, and also aids them for future careers, as they gain excellent experience. Whether you’re a student, retired, or simply just have some spare time, BHF NI has roles to suit everyone. Visit or telephone 02868633113.