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Volunteers recognised for outstanding contribution

This week marked the start of Volunteers’ Week and Thames Hospice celebrated with a special afternoon tea on Wednesday (1 June) at Dorney Lake.

Volunteers’ Week is a national celebration of the contribution and vital work volunteers do in their community. Thames Hospice recognised the work of their nearly 500 volunteers with long-service award presentations, music from Reading University Music Society saxophonists and a fantastic spread of delicious sandwiches and cakes plus refreshments for guests.

More than 150 volunteers were joined by Thames Hospice staff and trustees, as well as outgoing RBWM Mayor,  Councillor Eileen Quick, who gave a wonderful speech about her year as Mayor and her experiences supporting Thames Hospice.

Jennifer Bird, Head of Volunteering at Thames Hospice, said: ‘It was a lovely afternoon with musical accompaniment from Reading University Music Society and speeches from our Chief Executive, Debbie Raven, Chair of Trustees, Martin Jervis, and our wonderful supporter Councillor Eileen Quick. It was a great pleasure to present some of our volunteers with their awards for long service and mark the 90th birthday of one of our most dedicated retail volunteers. Our celebrations will be continuing until the 12th of June, and we want to say a huge thank you to Thames Hospice volunteers and celebrate the vital work they do to support the Hospice.’

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country. This year there is an additional five days, enabling more people than ever to take part and more time to celebrate the vital work volunteers do.

Thames Hospice would like to say a big thank you to all its amazing volunteers and reinforce that we always need volunteers to keep our Hospice running. Whatever time you can spare, we particularly need you in our thriving shops across the Thames Valley. You can sign up today for a taster session by calling Beth on 01753 848 940 or visit our volunteers page.