‘Precious, extraordinary and amazing!’ three of the words used to describe Cornwall Hospice Care shop volunteers at Boslowick, near Falmouth as they received volunteer awards on Thursday 22ndJuly.
Three volunteers were presented with long service certificates and badges on the day, these were Amanda Lewis (5yrs), Pam Forcey (5yrs) and Kay Swade (10yrs). Dot Jones (10yrs) also received her long service award but was unable to attend the presentation.
Graham Piercy, a Cornwall Hospice Care volunteer Trustee presented the awards saying; “The last eighteen months have been a challenge for us all, and yet we’ve been able to keep patient care available to those that need us. You should be very proud of your part in this.”
The picture above shows (from left to right) Graham Piercy, Jean Hodge, Kay Swade, Pam Forcey, Layla Richardson (Shop Manager), Amanda Lewis.
``an oracle of information and a mentor to her fellow volunteers``
There was also an exemplary award for volunteer Jean Hodge who has volunteered for the Cornish charity’s shops for 22 years. When presenting Jean with her badge Graham continued; “Jean’s nomination for this award described her as an oracle of information and a mentor to her fellow volunteers who she inspires with her diversity, skills and knowledge. A huge thank you to Jean for her twenty-two years given to the hospices.”
When asked why she started volunteering for Cornwall Hospice Care Jean replied; “I wanted to support a local charity. I wanted something to do and to be helping a cause here, near me.”
Amanda who received her 5-year award also shared why she started volunteering; “My husband died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and during the fortnight that I was at the hospice I saw the hard work of the whole team providing the care. I wanted to give back and volunteering in the shop suits me, I get to do the window and shelf displays and I know it helps fund that amazing care for other families.”
The afternoon’s award presentation finished with tea and cake before some of the volunteers returned to their shift in the shop and others headed home.