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Hospice volunteer from Droitwich recognised for 29 years of dedication
3:20pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A ST Richard’s Hospice volunteer from Droitwich Spa has had years of exceptional dedication to the charity recognised with a national award.
Eunice Williams is celebrating after scooping the Volunteer of the Year Award from Help the Hospices honouring her work over the last 29 years.
Eunice, 69, was one of the original volunteers at the hospice when it first began in Droitwich Spa and immediately took on the responsibility for the hospice local volunteer group, which she continues to this day.
Libby Harris, St Richard’s volunteer services co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Eunice has won this award. Over the years Eunice has taken a wide range of voluntary roles with wonderful grace and enthusiasm displaying a natural empathy with patients.
“When the Droitwich Brine Baths were open she attended most weeks accompanying patients into the water. When the day hospice first started at a very small house in Worcester, Eunice would bring food for lunch in her own car. She drives for the hospice, acts as an escort on the minibus and is often on reception at weekends and in the evenings. Despite her busy schedule Eunice still finds time to lead the highly successful local fundraising group.”
After being presented with the award, Eunice said: “I lost my mum 38 years ago to cancer and nobody helped her or asked me if I needed any help so I was very keen to become involved with the hospice when it started up to make a difference to others. It’s come full circle now with the hospice supporting my sister too.”
She added: “This award is in recognition of all the work volunteers do for the hospice. I have made great friendships and had lots of fun, being a volunteer at St Richard’s really adds to my life.”
The award was presented by David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, Lord Howard of Lympne, chairman of Help the Hospices, and George Plumptre, chief executive of The National Gardens Scheme, at the Help the Hospices 2013 conference held in Bournemouth.
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. For more information visit strichards.org.uk
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