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Long-serving Cancer Research UK shop volunteers rewarded
8:00am Monday 15th October 2012 in News
Skipton charity shop volunteers have been rewarded after notching up a total of 50 years’ service.
Maria Simpson, retiring from Cancer Research UK after ten years, was joined by Betty Milner and Diane Andrews, who were rewarded for volunteering at the shop for 20 years each.
Jo Metcalfe, manager at the Caroline Square shop, said all three were presented with flowers in recognition of their help.
“I really couldn’t run the shop without them, I’m only as good as they are,” she said. “They’ve all been wonderful and have seen so many changes over the years.”
With Maria retiring, the number of volunteers left at the shop is now down to ten - including a 14-year-old girl who spends her Saturdays helping out.
The shop also gets help from people carrying out unpaid work as community service and from students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
But what Jo really wants is volunteers who come along because they want to.
“I’ve had some really good people on probation, but they’re only here for a while,” she said.
“I really want to encourage retired people to come along. It’s just the kind of thing for retired people who want some company and do some good while they are here,” she said.
“The length of time is not important, any odd hour would be good.”
Anyone wanting to volunteer can drop in at the shop or telephone 01756 799820.