Volunteers honoured by the Mayor of Bournemouth for giving a combined total of 30 years service
The Mayor of Bournemouth has honoured volunteers from Help & Care for the years of service they have each given to help their community.
Denys Fail, Ralph Monk and Marjorie Bean all received Special Recognition awards at the event at Meyrick Hall in Bournemouth. Each have given a combined total of 30 years service to local people through volunteering with Help & Care which is celebrating its 30th birthday this month.
One of the charity's eldest volunteers, Ralph, started volunteering at the age of 84 and continued until he was 96. He was sadly too ill to collect his award. Denys is in the Guinness Book of Records for being involved with arranging the largest convoy of aid to Bosnia and still brings fun to Help & Care’s Supported Walking Group and Marjorie has volunteered since the age of 16.
A film about the volunteers was made by the production company Harbour Bay for the event.
I was emotional talking to some of them because I've seen what they've done and I've seen the joy on their faces. I feel that the people here don't want the award, they are doing it for their own ability to help others.Cllr John Adams, The Mayor of Bournemouth
Help & Care offers many volunteering services including a telephone service for isolated people, a wellbeing walking group and also a driver escort service helping those needing extra support to essential medical appointments. Last year, Help & Care carried out around 600 referrals helping older local people and carers across Dorset with practical and emotional support and made 2000 calls as part of our Telephone Support Service.