A 17-year-old volunteer at Cornwall Hospice Care’s Penzance charity shop has been recognised for her outstanding support. Erin Williams from St Just, has been presented with certificates to mark 50 hours of voluntary work at the store in Market Place.  

Erin, who’s currently studying at Penwith College, hopes to eventually become a lawyer, but is also passionate about books.  When she saw a sign in the Cornwall Hospice Care shop asking for a ‘book worm’ to help out, it was right up her street as she explains; “I love reading and I like to think my book shelves at home are immaculate so sorting books for a charity shop was a very good fit.”

Erin volunteers every Tuesday afternoon and has now sorted the charity shop’s famous book area into a system based on the alphabetical order of the author’s names. “When I come in, I top up the books if necessary and re-sort them if they’ve been muddled up. I like interacting with people of different ages, chatting to the customers and to my fellow volunteers.”

On Tuesday of this week (2nd November) Erin was presented with certificates to mark 25 hours and 50 hours of volunteering for the Cornish healthcare charity. Verity Hill, the Director of HR, told her: “We benefit from all our volunteers so much and I want to thank you for your contribution. We couldn’t manage without you and the time and commitment you give to our Penzance shop.”

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The picture above shows Erin Williams (left) with Shop Manager Pete Norman (centre) and Verity Hill, Cornwall Hospice Care Director of HR (right).

Her words were echoed by Shop Manager Pete Norman; “Erin brings an energy to the store and now she’s settled in I don’t have to tell her what to do, she just goes straight to her books. I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work.”

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