Surprise 90th birthday part for popular Rugby Myton hospice helper

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Staff, patients and volunteers gathered at Rugby Myton Hospice last week to celebrate the 90th birthday of one its longest-serving volunteers.

Betty Hunter has been volunteering at the day hospice, on the site of St Cross Hospital, since it opened in October 2002 and gives up her time to help serve tea and coffee to patients.

Betty started her volunteering career by helping at Rugby Theatre box office before joining the Rugby Scottish Society, of which she is still a member.

The pensioner’s relationship with Myton started in 2000 when she was a member of the original volunteer team raising money to build the hospice.

She would often work at the office in Castle Street and was on duty the morning it opened. She is still an active member of the Rugby Support Group which raises around £10,000 a year for Myton by holding many different events.

Volunteers, staff and members of the support group decided to throw a surprise party for Betty when they realised she would be visiting the hospice on her special day.

Betty said: “I am lost for words and would like to thank everyone who had been involved with this surprise for me.

“I love coming to Myton. It is lovely and the patients are very well looked after.”

As well as her work for Myton, Betty volunteers in the Cancer Research shop in Rugby and has served there for 25 years. She previously gave up her time to volunteer at the hospital’s tea bar for which she received a long-service award.

Betty lives in Rugby and visited the hospice with two of her four daughters, April and Alison, before heading out for a day of shopping and a celebratory meal.

She will enjoy more celebrations later this month with her other daughters Angela and Anna and the rest of the family.