March 16th 2014


12 Diamond Champions from across Britain have been recognised at a reception in their honour for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

Diamond Champions was launched in 2012 as an official Diamond Jubilee project and repeated in 2013 for the Royal Voluntary Service’s 75th Anniversary to celebrate the contribution that people over the age of 60 make to society through volunteering. Diamond Champions is sponsored by McCarthy & Stone and supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in her capacity as President of the charity.

The reception was held in the beautiful surroundings of Lancaster House in London, where the Diamond Champions were presented their pins by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Royal Voluntary Service ambassador Phillip Schofield.

John Fallon, aged 67, Derbyshire

John has a very strong community ethic and, in particular, enjoys encouraging young people to strive for more. This is best demonstrated in his volunteering work with the Air Training Corps. Since 1991 he has worked with 13 to 18 year old cadets instilling discipline, respect for others, and companionship. John is now responsible for encouraging cadets in the Trent area to take up Duke of Edinburgh award challenges and also runs the Sports Leadership Awards for cadets in this area.

In 1982, he became a Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaver and Instructor, training people in the skills of CPR; he then went on to join St John Ambulance where he teaches Community First Aid courses and covers various public events as a First Aider.

In 1990 he joined Royal Voluntary Service, initially delivering Meals on Wheels and later joined the Emergency Services team, who would respond to a major disaster in the local community. Having moved to Derbyshire in 1999, John then moved to the Royal Voluntary Service Books on Wheels service, providing an invaluable library service to housebound older people in the community. He has also served on the Royal Voluntary Service Vice Chair Committee for three years and since 2010 has been on the Board of the Benevolent Trust. John is happiest when he is busy giving his time and energy to helping others in the community. His volunteering has been mostly in his spare time having worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for part of his working life. Overall, there are not many individuals that can be seen to be gaining so much pleasure from giving his time so selflessly.