A special tea party to thank Cherry Lodge’s volunteers was held at Howard House on Friday 3rd June 2016. It was attended by over 30 volunteers, who very much enjoyed the delicious tea – with scones, butter, cream, jam, strawberries and shortbread – as well as the opportunity to share experiences with other people in the same, or sometimes very different, volunteering roles as themselves. As a small token of thanks, volunteers at the tea party were given a shiny, metallic blue Cherry Lodge 20th anniversary pen.
Dr Margaret Clark, Chairman of the Cherry Lodge Trustees, gave a few words of thanks to all the volunteers, without whose help Cherry Lodge would not be able to provide its many services for people affected by cancer. There are currently 182 registered volunteers at Cherry Lodge, mostly in the following roles: administrators, befrienders, complementary therapists, counsellors, drop-in helpers, fundraisers, receptionists, shop volunteers, trustees, van drivers and van helpers. Click here for more information on the different volunteer roles at Cherry Lodge.
Thank you to Cherry Lodge Volunteer Coordinator, Yvonne Shield for organising the tea party and for her friendly service at the new refreshment station installed during the recent building work. This event was part of National Volunteers’ Week, when the NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) encourages charities to take part in ‘an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK’.
Thank you too to all the Cherry Lodge volunteers who were unable to attend to be thanked in person. Your ongoing support of Cherry Lodge is greatly appreciated.
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