Florence Nighingale volunteers thanked for decades of service to hospice

Back Row (L-R)''Sally Collins, Peter Watkins, Sandra Oxley, Frank Butler, Angela Butler, Hetty Derrick, Vee Bloomer,  Barbara Evans, Barbara Foote,  Alan Myers, Anne Holman , Jean Moore.''Front Row (L-R)''Margaret Thompson, Maureen Tucker, Pauline Skelson, Sue Jenkins, Marion Lawrence, Mavis Burns, Val Kelly.
Back Row (L-R)''Sally Collins, Peter Watkins, Sandra Oxley, Frank Butler, Angela Butler, Hetty Derrick, Vee Bloomer, Barbara Evans, Barbara Foote, Alan Myers, Anne Holman , Jean Moore.''Front Row (L-R)''Margaret Thompson, Maureen Tucker, Pauline Skelson, Sue Jenkins, Marion Lawrence, Mavis Burns, Val Kelly.
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More than 100 volunteers attended the Florence Nightingale Hospice’s ‘thank you’ afternoon tea party in the beautiful grounds of Ellesborough Golf Club in Butlers Cross, - with one volunteer picking up a very special long-standing volunteer award for 27 years service. M

Pauline Skelson was honoured for her fundraising volunteering role, which has spanned nearly three decades.

From the very beginning in the late 80s she helped support the appeal to raise funds to build the hospice itself.

Volunteers of all ages from the Florence Nightingale Hospice including the in-patient unit, day hospice and volunteer gardeners, plus charity shop and fundraising volunteers attended on the day, with 18 certificates presented overall to volunteers with five, 10, 15 and 20+ years’ service.

Presenting the awards, Sue Jenkins, FNHC xxecutive director, thanked attendees for their continued support and dedication, and also expressed her gratitude on behalf of everyone involved with the hospice.

Commenting at the event she said: “I would like to say a very big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – there are over 400 of you. Your continued enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the cause make a vital difference to us as an organisation. Without you, we would not be able to continue to provide essential hospice in-patient and at-home services, which help support local families affected by life-limiting illness.”

She also thanked the golf club and said: “A special thank you once again to Ellesborough Golf Club, who have kindly provided the venue free-of-charge for the sixth year running.”

In addition to Mrs Skelston, long service certificates were presented to the following people:

For 20 years service: Mavis Burns - fundraising; Marion Lawrence - flowers.

For 15 years service: Vee Bloomer - Wendover shop; Angela Butler - fundraising; Frank Butler - fundraising; Hetty Derrick - Wendover shop; Anne Holman - Wendover shop; Anne Howarth - fundraising.

For 10 years service: Val Kelly - driver; Jean Moore - driver; Maureen Tucker - fundraising; Jean Warde-Jones - Wendover shop; Alan Myers - Wendover shop; Peter Watkins - driver.

For five years service: Sally Collins - gardener; Barbara Evans - fundraising; Barbara Foote - fundraising; Sandra Oxley - fundraising; Margaret Thompson - day hospice.