Long-serving volunteers at St Elizabeth Hospice have received awards in recognition of their dedication.
Around 56 people have been given awards for long service of 20, 15, ten or five years.
An afternoon tea party was held at the Hospice, in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, where Felixstowe mayor Councillor Jon Garfield presented special badges.
The Hospice choir performed and Hospice chief executive Jane Loughlin gave a speech praising all the Hospice’s 600 volunteers.
She said: “We are absolutely indebted to the services of our multi-talented and dedicated volunteers. We really could not do it without you.”
Among those who were recognised were Julia Shoebridge and Sally Swinden, who have been ward helpers on the in-patient unit for 15 years.
Mrs Shoebridge, of Bentley, said: “I have time to sit and chat with the patients and their families and listen to them. It’s nice knowing you are able to help and it is a pleasure to be able to do so. A couple of years ago my dad died at the Hospice and that made volunteering even more worthwhile.”
Mrs Swinden, of Martlesham, said: “My father spent his last days in a Hospice elsewhere in the country and he was so well looked after that I wanted to give something back and as this was our local Hospice I made enquiries. It’s a wonderful atmosphere.”
Three years ago Sally gave up work as a secretary at Ipswich High School and decided to also volunteer at the day care centre on alternate Fridays. “It’s good to be able to help other people, you never know when you might be in that position and need others to help you,” she added.
Jane Horne, of Sizewell, received her ten year long service award for helping at the Hospice shop in Leiston. She said: It doesn’t seem like ten years ago. Everyone is really nice and I enjoy the work. I will continue to do it as long as I can.”
Friends Susan Robinson and Julie Clarke, both of Sproughton, have been helping at the Hospice’s distribution centre for five years.
Mrs Robinson said: “I had been fundraising for the hospice for over 20 years and volunteering at the distribution centre was a natural progression and seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Every Wednesday she also runs a stall at the Needham Market Antique and Collectors Centre selling antique or collectable donated goods she has hand-picked for the customers, and in just three months the stall raised £2,500 for the Hospice.
Mrs Clarke said: “I enjoy helping and I hope to continue doing it for a lot longer.”
Those long-serving volunteers who could not attend the event received their award by post with a special letter.
To find out more about volunteering contact Claire Lansley on 01473 707016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the full list of Long Service Award recipients
Shirley Gooding, Chaplaincy volunteer
Margaret Rollins, Ward volunteer
Tony Harper, Receptionist
Joan Richold, Receptionist
Julia Shoebridge, Ward volunteer
Sally Swinden, Ward volunteer
Jane Hamilton-Hunting, Shop volunteer – Woodbridge
Peggy Hogsden, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Jane Horne, Shop volunteer – Leiston
Jenny Knight, Receptionist
Valerie Lewis, Gardening and maintenance
Evelyn McCoid, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Sheila Pateman, Shop volunteer – Selkirk Road
Merike Plumbly, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Geoff Porter, Ward volunteer
Felicity Ripman, Receptionist
Mary Ryan, Shop volunteer – Stowmarket
Jennifer Schofield, Shop volunteer – Stowmarket
Carole Stewart, Ward volunteer
Linda Tovey, Receptionist
Lily Wright, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Shirley Bateman, Shop volunteer – Felixstowe
Sheila Blackwell, Receptionist
Julie Brown, Receptionist
Patricia Calver, Ward volunteer and Nacton Road shop volunteer
Julie Clarke, Distribution centre volunteer
Beryl Clow,Shop volunteer – Selkirk Road
Sarah Craven, Ward volunteer
Barbara Cribb, Shop volunteer – Nacton Road, Ips
Pamela Curtis, Shop volunteer – Felixstowe
Patricia Dixon, Shop volunteer – Selkirk Road
Rosalind Gay, Receptionist
Cath Grant, Receptionist
Shirley Hazelwood, Ward volunteer
Russell Howlett, Distribution centre volunteer
Iris James, Ward volunteer
Mavis Kempton, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Irene King, Shop volunteer – Leiston
Margaret Lury, Shop volunteer – Woodbridge
Jill Mills, Ward volunteer
Sonja Nestor, Ward volunteer
Sarah Nicholl, Distribution centre volunteer
Michael Pike, Volunteer driver
Susan Robinson, Distribution centre volunteer
Jenny Salmon, Shop volunteer – Selkirk Road
Doreen Scott, Ward volunteer
David Smith, Volunteer driver
Jean Stewart, Shop volunteer – Selkirk Road
Barbara Tryon, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Elsie Wiles, Shop volunteer – Hadleigh
Bertie Woods, Gardening and maintenance