by Tony Bellows
PARISHIONER Reg Langlois won the Pride of Jersey award for Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year. Mr Langlois has regularly opened up Badger's Holt to fundraisers, for over 20 years, and has also welcomed countless visitors to Jersey, offering tea and coffee with biscuits free of charge.
He was nominated by Barbie Buchholz, who said "I think he does it because of the joy of giving people the chance to raise money for their causes. Thousands must have been raised for different charities. He’s just a very gentle man and a very nice person and very deserving of the award... He is an angel in disguise and the world needs more people like him to make it a better place to live in. He's just a very generous man."
Local musician Karin Vincent told La Baguette that "I just want to add that this man is the champion of charity for a community. A lot of what I do today is inspired by his work in a place I used to call home, Jersey. Badger's Holt, a place that I sang my songs with other musicians and where I found my passion for live music. A man that gave his time, his home and his love to a community."
Reg said that: "Helping others has always been part of my life and when I started creating the garden 20 years ago, I didn't know it at the time that I had created a monster, something that had taken over my life, something that I could use to help others."
Upon winning the £1,000 prize money and award, Reg promptly donated the money to the Jersey Woman's Refuge.
La Baguette contacted the Woman's Refuge who told the magazine that "We are thrilled that Reg won the award for volunteer fundraiser, it is very well deserved. He is a truly amazing and selfless person who helps out so many charities by opening his garden to hold events. Reg has always been incredibly supportive of the Refuge and the work we do helping women and children who are or have been abused. We are extremely touched by caring nature and his generosity in giving his prize money to the Refuge."
She added: "Every donation we receive really helps our service as we have to raise approximately &poung;200,000 every year and it gets more and more difficult. With the money Reg is donating we would like to use it to make our clients experience of coming to the Refuge easier by redecorating one of our bedrooms so it can be dual purpose. This will create a private therapy room for the counselling."