A volunteer who’s supported Cornwall Hospice Care for 45 years has today (Thursday 3rd June) been given an Exemplary Award for outstanding service to the charity. Barbara Rogers got involved when she was asked to help raise funds to build Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. She now volunteers at the charity’s Liskeard shop where six of her colleagues were also honoured today for their volunteer support.

Barbara Rogers is one of Cornwall Hospice Care’s longest serving volunteers; “I met Enid Dalton-White, a founder of the hospice movement in Cornwall, when on nursing duties in Polruan where she lived. She persuaded me to organise a fundraising committee in Liskeard and it developed from there. Mount Edgcumbe Hospice was built 40 years ago and here I am still loving my voluntary work for the charity.”

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The picture above shows from left to right, Graham Clarke (Cornwall Hospice Care Finance Director), Jenny Kilgour, Esme Carmichael, Maddy Bell, Sue Blake, Barbara Rogers and Jan Welch (Liskeard Shop Manager).  Awards were also presented to Mel Rippengale and Lynne Naismith.

Presenting the long-service badges and certificates was Cornwall Hospice Care’s Finance Director, Graham Clarke; “In the year before Covid struck, our volunteers gave our charity 186,000 hours of their time. It’s an incredible gift and it’s lovely in this Volunteers Week to recognise the generosity of our volunteers. Without your help our charity just couldn’t function.”

They're such a good team

Esme Carmichael began volunteering 18 years ago; “I met Barbara as we attended the same church. I had just moved to the area and she persuaded me to volunteer. I like to get out and meet people.”

Maddy Bell said it was after her Mum died of cancer that she decided she wanted to give something back; “I started volunteering and became a jack of all trades, I’ll take on any job except the till!”

Mel Rippengale was awarded a 10 year long-service badge; “I like doing the windows and our shop even won an award for a display we did. That’s my favourite job.”

Watching proudly over the proceedings today was Jan Welch, the Shop Manager of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Liskeard store; “I just couldn’t run the shop without my amazing group of volunteers. They’re such a good team and the shop is only a success because of them. It’s lovely to be able to thank them and to tell them how much they are appreciated.”

Inspired by the volunteers at our Liskeard charity shop? Why not gift a few hours of your time.