A group of volunteers from the Falmouth area who’ve collectively given 75 years of dedication to Cornwall Hospice Care, have been awarded long service badges and certificates today (Monday 7th June).  The presentation was made at the charity’s Boslowick shop in Falmouth and marked the end of Volunteers Week 2021.

10 volunteers were acknowledged with four being able to attend the presentation. Maureen Hosking (5 years), Wendy Butcher (5 years), Barbara Taylor (5 years) and Jan O’Neil (10 years) were handed their awards by Cornwall Hospice Care Trustee, Graham Piercy, himself a volunteer. He told the recipients; “Thank you for your enduring support and commitment. You are vital to our future plans, to the continuing provision of our care services and to the success of the income generated from our shops.”

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The picture above shows, from left to right, Layla Richardson Shop Manager, volunteers Barbara Taylor, Maureen Hosking, Wendy Butcher and Jan O’Neil and Graham Piercy who is a volunteer Trustee for Cornwall Hospice Care.

Jan O’Neil has been volunteering at the Boslowick shop for 10 years; “I got involved when I had to give up my nursing career. The other volunteers took me in and they look after me and treat me like part of a family. We have a laugh and there’s a great atmosphere that we and the shoppers love.”  Maureen Hosking agrees; It’s the comradeship I enjoy. I volunteer with friends and it makes it so enjoyable. I also buy a lot of books!”

Barbara Taylor was volunteering at the Cornwall Hospice Care shop in Penryn and started helping at Boslowick because of a friend; “She was helping here and I joined her. Both my brothers-in-law received care from the hospices, one even married there, so it’s a charity I’m passionate about.”

Wendy Butcher took to volunteering when her daughter worked at the charity’s Mount Edgcumbe Hospice; “I wanted to do something for charity and this was an obvious choice. It’s great fun and we even socialise with each other outside of our shop shifts.”

The Boslowick Shop Manager is Layla Richardson; “My volunteers are what makes me love my job. I couldn’t run this shop without them, they’re an amazing bunch.”

After the badges and certificates had been presented the volunteers enjoyed a cuppa and a slice of sponge cake before getting back to their shift.

Also receiving long service awards but not present today, are Amanda Lewis (5 years), Carol Kippax (5 years), Trisha Goldsmith (10 years), Kay Swade (10 years) and Dot Jones (10 years).  Jean Hodge, who’s volunteered for the charity for 22 years, is to receive an Exemplary Award for outstanding service to Cornwall Hospice Care.

Inspired by the Boslowick volunteers?  Why not join them by giving the gift of time at your local shop?