Efforts of volunteers at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice recognised

Kath Blake and Barbarab Ludlow with Deputy Mayor Keith Sharp with long service award  recipients at Sue Ryder care. EMN-160625-182953009 EMN-160625-182953009

Kath Blake and Barbarab Ludlow with Deputy Mayor Keith Sharp with long service award recipients at Sue Ryder care. EMN-160625-182953009 EMN-160625-182953009

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A group of dedicated volunteers were recognised at a special ceremony for a total of 435 years of service to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

In Thorpe Hall Hospice’s 25th anniversary year the ceremony marked the hours of commitment given by some of the 265 volunteers who work at the hospice, near Longthorpe.

The 32 volunteers who have all served for five, 10, 15 and 20 years were given certificates and badges by Peterborough’s deputy mayor Keith Sharp on Saturday.

Those who have been at the hospice since it opened in 1991 were also presented with a commemorative paperweight.

Volunteer services development coordinator Jacqui Hookham said: “We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible volunteers who work in our gardens, on the wards, in the kitchen, in the Coffee Shop, in our shop, with our fundraising team and providing admin support.

“It was lovely to welcome so many of them to the ceremony to recognise their hard work and dedication.”

Among those presented with a certificate, badge and commemorative paperweight was Judy Francis, from Barnack, who began volunteering at Thorpe Hall before patients were admitted.

She has been responsible for raising around £250,000 over the past two and a half decades, through her luncheon club and afternoon teas.

The work done by Thorpe Hall’s volunteers saves the charity £499,000 a year.

It was a busy weekend for the hospice with the gardens also opened on Sunday.