Eight dedicated Cornwall Hospice Care volunteers from Wadebridge have been recognised for their commitment to the Cornish charity. Between them they’ve given 100 years of support. They’ve all been presented with long service badges – six received 10 year awards and two were presented with 20 year honours.

The volunteers were presented with their badges by Dawn Tame-Battell, Director of Patient Services, at the charity’s newest shop in Wadebridge. Ceri Goodfellow, Pat Carling, Ann Bond, Barbara Readings, Doris Fahy and Nicola Mundy received their ten year badges. Pearl Sprules and Shirley Prescott were presented with twenty year badges.

Dawn Tame Battell told the assembled group; “you all deserve a huge thank you for your commitment and hard work. Everyone at Cornwall Hospice Care is extremely appreciative of the work you put in and for the many hours you give to keep our shops running.”

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Pearl Sprules and Shirley Prescott started at the then Wadebridge shop on the same day twenty three years ago next March. They didn’t know each other beforehand but now “get on like a house on fire” as Pearl puts it. Pearl did three mornings a week and Shirley did “loads”. “We didn’t think we would be around this long” Shirley says. “But I’m glad we have been” says Pearl, “because having a role here gets us out and means we see other people.”

Pearl, who’s nearly 83, says there’ve been lots of memories and laughs over the years. “We did everything on paper at the start, there wasn’t a till, so we wrote all the prices down and had to add them up in our heads before taking the money. Then our first till arrived and we were delighted. I’m not so sure about the one we’ve got now as it’s very fancy and a bit too complicated.”

And why have they stayed so committed for so long? “We believe in the charity and the work it does” says Shirley, “and we do it for that reason. There’s the friendships too like mine and Pearl’s and we enjoy meeting people when they come in to the shop, especially the locals who we know.”

One of the volunteers that received her ten year badge was Barbara Readings whose Granddaughter Isobel Chainey-Readings is at present on a volunteer work experience placement with the charity. Isobel asked her Gran, who’s been volunteering in the Wadebridge shop for 11 years, about her experiences.

“My Gran started working on the till, doing the occasional stock take and steaming clothes. She thought volunteering would help her get out and have a social life after her husband died of cancer. Now she volunteers every Friday. She told me, “I love working at the shop, I’ve made new friends and I’ve made memories. Sometimes we all go out for lunch and I’ve even been on holiday with one of the other volunteers.”

The featured pictures include:

*Pearl Sprules (left) and Shirley Prescott who received 20 year long-service badges.

*Six of the eight long standing Wadebridge volunteers (left to right) Ann Bond, Pearl Sprules, Shirley Prescott, Nicola Mundy, Pat Carling and Barbara Readings. (Missing from the picture are Ceri Goodfellow and Doris Fahy).

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