Friends of St Cross thank long-serving volunteers

Volunteers Maureen West and Sally Bishop. Photo by Leigh Cosby.
Volunteers Maureen West and Sally Bishop. Photo by Leigh Cosby.

A hospital charity has thanked two of its long-serving volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

Maureen West and Sally Bishop have given more than 15 years of their time to the Friends of St Cross.

The pair will receive special recognition at the charity’s annual general meeting later this year.

Maureen was a volunteer at St Luke’s Hospital in Lower Hillmorton Road from 1980. When St Luke’s closed, she continued to visit the Oak Ward at the Hospital of St Cross and joined the team in January 2000.

She completes one shift a month in the tea bar and also covers the occasional shift for team members.

Maureen had surgery for breast cancer three years and said volunteering in the tea bar was therapeutic and helped maintain her positive outlook on life.

She also helps clean the St Elizabeth chapel at the hospital.

Sally was recruited by Friends veteran Mary Lock, who is one of Sally’s neighbours, and recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Since then Sally and Mary have completed regular shifts on the tea bar and were two of the guests of honour when the charity was presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service last September. Last year Sally organised a coffee morning in support of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal and raised £217.

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