Diamond volunteers rewarded for thousand years of service
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 June 2012
VOLUNTEERS who have racked up 1,000 years of service to their communities were thanked at a special event.
The 18 people, who had each volunteered for more than 50 years, were nominated by groups and charities from across North Somerset and handed certificates at the Diamond Volunteers event held at the Lounge Bistro in Knightstone Road on June 7.
The event was organised by Voluntary Action North Somerset as part of national volunteers week, and also saw prizes and crowns presented to each volunteer.
The longest-serving volunteer was 87-year-old Mollie Thurston-Moon, who volunteers for the Active Stroke Group, while others recognised included Rita and Colin Warry, who met aged 21 and 23 at a scout leaders’ reunion and have volunteered for 110 years between them, and Crossroads carer Alan Richardson.
Debby Grice, from Voluntary Action, said: “The theme of national volunteers week is to recognise, reward and recruit.”
“This event was to recognise the outstanding contribution of these ‘life-time’ volunteers.”