Cornwall Hospice Care has presented long service awards to five volunteers that work in the Cornish healthcare charity’s St Austell town centre shop. The team represent more than 50 years of support for the store. Each has received a ten year badge and a certificate marking their long standing commitment.

Two of the badges were presented to Ann Honey and Liz Philpotts by the charity’s Finance Director Graham Clarke who said; “I bring huge thanks from us all at Cornwall Hospice Care for the great work you do and the ongoing commitment you give. We really appreciate your support, which saves us money that can then be used to provide the care we offer those families facing terminal illness in Cornwall.”

Also receiving ten year badges were Sylvia Sandy, Jenny Brooks and Madge Towler, none of whom were available on the day of the presentation.

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Ann Honey (pictured above middle with Georgie Gunningham Assistant Manager of the Cornwall Hospice Care town centre charity shop and Graham Clarke Cornwall Hospice Care’s Finance Director) accepted her badge and said; “I get so much pleasure out of this job. I love a bit of a chat with the customers, especially the regulars, and I enjoy the company of the staff and other volunteers who work here. My Mum worked for the hospice shop and when she couldn’t do it anymore I came in and took her place. My husband and I are both retired now. I come here and he does tours at Heligan Garden so when we’re home it gives us different things to talk about.”

Georgie Gunningham is the Assistant Manager in the town centre shop; “This shop simply wouldn’t run without our volunteers, we’d fall on our knees without their enthusiasm and support. They bring smiles and make every day worthwhile. It’s because a volunteer chooses to come to work. They care, that’s why they’re here, and that’s lovely. We’re like one big family.”

Why not follow Ann’s example and join our team of volunteers.