NINE hard-working volunteers at a South Derbyshire charity shop have been honoured after clocking up a staggering 120 years between them.
The dedicated band of helpers at the St Giles Hospice shop, in Midland Road, Swadlincote, all pitch in with a variety of tasks, from sorting donations to working on the till.
Profits from the shop help provide care for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Brenda Johnson, Sybil Sills and Val Hanks each received awards from South Derbyshire CVS for 11 years’ service, Val Dickinson was honoured for 13 years’ service, Mavis Nixon has served for 14 years, and Eileen Wilkinson, Iris Muggleton, Jennifer Hunt and Mary Innes have each given 15 years.
Mrs Innes is 92 and volunteers at the shop every Wednesday afternoon.
She said: “I look forward to it every week and I love to see the expression on people’s faces when I tell them I work at the St Giles Hospice shop – it’s not what they expect from a little white-haired lady of 92.
“I have done various volunteering jobs before and I joined the St Giles shop when it opened.
“I really enjoy it, no two days are ever the same and they are a lovely bunch of people to work with.
“I am one of the ‘back room boys’, I do all the sorting and the tagging and I sometimes take items home for washing.
“I plan to carry on working there for as long as I possibly can. It is the highlight of my week, and it never gets boring or monotonous.”
Lynwen Truesdale, head of retail for St Giles Hospice, said: “Our volunteers perform a vital role in our charity shops and we literally couldn’t function without them.
“They get a great deal out of it, too – it’s a valuable and rewarding way to support St Giles and it’s also a great way to meet new people, make new friends and have fun.”
More information on the Swadlincote shop and St Giles is available at www.stgileshospice.com/shops.