AWARDING volunteers for a worthy cause

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 June 2011

(click on image for larger view) Commodore Hotel, Sand Bay. Weston Hospicecare's annual Volunteer Thank You Cream Tea. Long service awards ceremony with presentations by Weston Mayor & Mayoress Cllr Cyril King and his wife Sue.

(click on image for larger view) Commodore Hotel, Sand Bay. Weston Hospicecare's annual Volunteer Thank You Cream Tea. Long service awards ceremony with presentations by Weston Mayor & Mayoress Cllr Cyril King and his wife Sue.

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Weston Hospicecare held an awards ceremony at the Commodore Hotel in Weston-super-Mare last week, to thank its volunteers and present awards for five, 15 and 20 years service for the Hospice.

Maria Beaton, volunteer and training manager began the afternoon by thanking each and every one of the volunteers.

Maria said “Volunteering is a gift of time – one of the most precious gifts you can give.”

Gill Young, chief executive at Weston Hospicecare told the volunteers that each year they save the Hospice £750,000 in salaries alone.

In total 27 volunteers received a blue pin for their five-year award, nine received bronze for their ten-year, three a silver pin for 15 years and five received gold pin for 20 years of servic.

The Mayor of Weston, Cyril King gave out the awards to the volunteers attending the event and congratulated them on their achievement.

Amongst everyone receiving their awards was 95-year-old Nancy Charlton who works in the Baker Street shop.

She said: “I’m 95 and I love being with the staff at the Baker Street shop. My daughter Norma works in the shops too and it was her that got me to try it. I now work two shifts a week.”

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