Fourteen volunteers who work at the Cornwall Hospice Care shop in St Blazey have been recognised for their dedication. At a special gathering they were presented with long service badges and certificates by the charity’s Chief Executive Paul Brinsley. The group who’ve collectively given 142 years of their time, have saved the Cornish healthcare charity thousands of pounds in wages and built a loyal customer base for the shop known locally as the ‘Harrods of St Blazey’.
Patricia (Pat) Rippon (pictured right on the picture below with Shop Manager Sue Dutton) has volunteered at the shop for 11 years; “Coming here made such a difference, I was very quiet but working in the shop has given me back my confidence and I’ve made lifelong friends. I come in on Friday and Saturday afternoons and I’d recommend volunteering to everyone. I buy all my clothes and the big jewellery I’m known for, at our shop and when people ask where I got an item I say at the Harrods of St Blazey! I’ve a couple of customers who go cruising a lot and I always sort their wardrobes out for them with lots of sparkly things for dining on the ship. I tell people you can come to our shop and dress to impress for less.”
Presenting the 5, 10 and 15 year awards to the volunteers, Paul Brinsley said; “I want to pay tribute to you all for helping to get our St Blazey shop back up and running after such a difficult time when we had to shut all our stores. You’ve all been fantastic as has your Manager Sue Dutton who does an amazing job. Without you all our charity wouldn’t be able to provide the end of life care we’re proud to offer our patients. From our trustees, staff and those we care for, thank you.”
Sue Dutton, St Blazey Shop Manager, added; “I couldn’t do my job without my volunteers, they’re amazing. What’s more I see them all as my friends as well as volunteers.”
Receiving 5-year awards were Joanna May, Pam Johnson, Christine Wood, Maureen Berryman and Caroline Roberts. 10-year badges went to Brian and Janet Greet, Sarah Dunn and Patricia Rippon. There were 15-year long service badges for Christine Durkin, Dianne Osborne, Gregory Barker and Diane Rust. A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to Pauline Woodcock who’s volunteered at the St Blazey shop for 13 years.
The group picture below shows from left to right – Pam Johnson, Caroline Roberts, Maureen Berryman, Sue Dutton, Brian Greet (behind), Gregory Barker, Paul Brinsley (behind), Janet Greet, Patricia Rippon, Diane Osborne, Christine Durkin and Pauline Woodcock.