Tea party thank you for vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than 250 vol­un­teers en­joyed a glo­ri­ous af­ter­noon at a hos­pice’s spe­cial thank you tea party.

The event, on Sun­day June 7, was the in­spi­ra­tion of the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ new CEO Steve Jamieson who gave a short speech thank­ing the vol­un­teers for the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion they make.

The spe­cial gath­er­ing, held at the end of Na­tional Vol­un­teers’ Week, took place in the hos­pice’s gar­dens in Berkham­sted.

Mr Jamieson said: “Our vol­un­teers give so much of their time, skills and ex­per­tise and I felt it was only right that we should hold an event to recog­nise their mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion. With­out them, we wouldn’t be able to of­fer the ex­cel­lent care we give to our pa­tients their fam­i­lies and car­ers.”

Lit­tle Chal­font res­i­dents Bryan and Heather Ed­wards, from Amer­sham Road, at­tended the event. Mrs Ed­wards, a re­tired com­mu­nity nurse, has worked in the be­reave­ment team and the Che­sham shop for 15 years whilst Mr Ed­wards has clocked up 20 years as a trustee and vol­un­teer in the vol­un­tary ser­vices team.

Mrs Ed­wards added: “I re­ally look for­ward to my reg­u­lar weekly stints in the Che­sham shop and Bryan en­joys putting his

INSPIRED: Above, Vol­un­teers Bryan and Heather Ed­wards, from with CEO Steve Jamieson. Be­low, more of the vol­un­teers en­joy the sun­shine IT skills to good use in the vol­un­tary ser­vices team when­ever they need help.

“It was great to see so many of our fel­low vol­un­teers here to­day and with the sun shin­ing in this beau­ti­ful set­ting, we couldn’t have had a more re­lax­ing day.”

Sains­bury’s in El­giva Lane, Che­sham, do­nated £100 to­wards the drinks for the event.

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