Staff worth their weight in gold praised

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

SELF­LESS vol­un­teers who give up their time and en­ergy to care for ter­mi­nally ill peo­ple at a hospice in Peter­bor­ough have been recog­nised for their ded­i­cated ser­vice.

The 30 car­ing men and women, who re­ceived awards for five, 10, 15 and even 20 years’ ser­vice, are part of a 300 strong team who reg­u­larly help at events, on the wards and in the day cen­tre at Sue Ry­der Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longth­orpe, Peter­bor­ough.

Judie and David Allen, who be­gan help­ing at the hospice a year be­fore it opened in 1991, re­ceived the very first 20 year awards of ser­vice.

Area fundrais­ing man­ager Becky Hooper said: “In fi­nan­cial terms, the sup­port of this team of gen­er­ous vol­un­teers is worth £17 mil­lion pounds a year in time and sup­port. With­out them we sim­ply could not op­er­ate as we do.”

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