Five long-service awards have today (Tuesday 1st June) been presented to volunteers at the Cornwall Hospice Care shops in Camborne and St Columb to mark Volunteers Week 2021. The group who give their gift of time to the charity, have collectively clocked up 55 years of service.

Dorothy Oliver, Joan Fulton, Pete Noble and Clive Roberts were congratulated by Graham Clarke, the charity’s Finance Director, who said; “Your collective service of more than 45 years shows how committed and extraordinary our volunteers are. You give your time which saves us a huge amount of money. We simply couldn’t run our Cornish charity and provide hospice care without you; we owe you a huge thank you.”

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The four (pictured above with Finance Director Graham Clarke) were presented with long service badges and certificates, including Clive Roberts who grew up in Penzance and spent 30 years with the Met Police and who volunteers six mornings a week; “It helps the week slide by, especially since my wife died. I work from 9am when I open up, to 1pm. I think I get more out of coming to the shop than they get out of me.” Clive has had a fascinating life and was the first member of the Met Police to receive a Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1959 and was also a national snooker player and referee! He now lives in Praze.

Dorothy Oliver started volunteering for Cornwall Hospice Care back in 1992. “I started after my husband died when I did one morning a week. I did more and more but now come in on a Saturday morning where I enjoy being on the till. I don’t have anything digital at home, so it’s been a learning curve. I only occasionally get it wrong.” Dorothy’s Aunt Winnie also volunteered when the charity first opened a store in Pool.

Pete Noble started volunteering 15 years ago and says he enjoys being front of house; “I work on the till and love greeting, and chatting with, our customers. I get to know some of them quite well. It’s been a difficult year, especially with our shops shut, but it gave me time to realise I don’t want to retire from volunteering just yet.”

Joan Fulton began her volunteering career at Cornwall Hospice Care 12 years ago when she started in the charity’s Hayle shop; “I love it. We’re offering people a service whilst also helping to fund the hospices.” Joan moved to Camborne two and a half years ago and as a result, moved charity shops. “I mainly sort, steam and price donated clothes. I like to be busy and I certainly am here.”

St Columb volunteer Tina Dearden

At St Columb, a 10-year long-service award was presented to volunteer Tina Dearden by one of the charity’s volunteer Trustees, Beverley MacIntyre.

Sarah Grimshaw, Shop Manager (pictured left with Tina in the middle and Beverley MacIntyre right) says; “Tina has been a valuable member of our volunteer team for 10 years now. She’s young at heart and always smiling – unless the radio isn’t working and then she’s not a happy bunny as she loves music! She’s totally dedicated to our cause, and still comes in to volunteer despite having moved 7 miles away from the town. She mucks in with anything that needs doing and has great customer service skills. Here’s to many more years of her volunteering.”

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