Volunteers from Tintagel who’ve collectively given 60 years of support to Cornwall Hospice Care have received long-service awards. The certificates and badges were presented at the charity’s local shop by Finance Director Graham Clarke who told the recipients they’re vital to the funding of Cornwall’s two adult hospices.

Six volunteers from the Cornwall Hospice Care Tintagel shop were honoured, each for 10 years of service to the charity. Graham Clarke told them; “Your collective service is extremely impressive and it’s thanks to your work that we can raise the funds needed to operate Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices in St Austell and Hayle respectively.”

The volunteers included Enid Andrews, Susan Coe, Carol Newton and Chelly Sturgess plus Kay Fitch and Sarah Handley who couldn’t attend the presentation. Watching over the proceedings was Shop Manager Heather Dring who said; “Our volunteers are amazing and I couldn’t manage without them. They keep everyone happy and sane, are very loyal and precious. I’m fortunate to have them.”

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The picture above shows (from left to right) Enid Andrews, Jess Campbell-Plover (Assistant Manager), Carol Newton, Heather Dring (Shop Manager), Brian Spiller who’s volunteered at the Tintagel Shop since it first opened, Graham Clarke (Finance Director), Chelly Sturgess and Susan Coe.

I sing the praises of the hospices all the time

Enid Andrews has been volunteering for more than ten years as her way of saying thank you to the charity; “I sing the praises of the hospices all the time as my husband was cared for at Mount Edgcumbe on a number of occasions. When I first heard he was going to the hospice I thought that would be it, but they sorted his pain and his medication out and sent him home. His fourth visit to the hospice was his last. It’s not a sad place and he kept saying he felt safe there. The whole team were amazing to him, to me and to our wider family. This is my way of saying thank you.”

Carol Newton, whose daughter Sarah Handley also received a ten-year award, has a similar story; “My husband died at Mount Edgcumbe 14 years ago and I wanted to give something back. I enjoy getting out of the house and meeting people.”

Chelly Sturgess started volunteering at the Tintagel shop when she moved to the area; “I wanted to help in the community. I started doing various jobs to help and now enjoy creating window displays. In fact, I would go as far as to say I’m addicted to it!”

Susan Coe also signed up when she moved to Tintagel; “I volunteered so I could meet people and it worked for me. It’s been great fun and I really enjoy my Friday mornings.”

Would you like to join in and give our Cornish charity the gift of time?