Jersey Shelter Trust volunteer Helen Romeril has been recognised for her commitment to the charity with an award and cash donation from her employer, RBC Wealth Management.

Helen’s enthusiasm for the work of Jersey Shelter Trust stood out to her colleagues at RBC Wealth Management and encouraged her manager to nominate her for the company’s Community Spirit Award. As a result, the company has made a donation of over £600 (CA$1,000) to the Shelter Trust.

Helen, a Manager in Offshore Securities Services, regularly organises donations of clothes, bedding, crockery and cutlery for the Jersey Shelter Trust and is a staunch supporter of the charity’s aims and the service it provides.

‘There is a misconception that homelessness is always self-inflicted. I feel very strongly that it can happen by chance and that sometimes people are simply dealt the wrong cards in life. I hope I have helped people to start talking about it a bit more and so better understand what the Jersey Shelter Trust does to help people on the island,’ said Helen.

RBC Wealth Management’s Global Head of Trust, Paul Patterson, said that the company was always keen to encourage staff to contribute to the community. ‘We are immensely proud of the work that Helen does with Jersey Shelter Trust and delighted that she has been chosen from RBC employees around the world to receive this award. Helen’s commitment to the charity is second to none and the award and donation are a wonderful way of acknowledging her work and enthusiasm,’ he said.

Helen’s commitment as a volunteer will also be recognised this month by the charity. Helen has been invited to attend when the Shelter Trust’s newly refurbished accommodation is opened by the Bailiff, Michael Birt, on Thursday 23 June.

The Manager of Jersey Shelter Trust, John Hodge, said that the work of volunteers was an enormous asset to the Trust. ‘Our continuing relationship with RBC Wealth Management is very welcome and valued highly by the Trust. The Trust depends on the support of our wider community to effectively deliver on our obligations to our clients. Helen's work in this regard really is stand out because she brings insight as well as commitment,’ he said.