Volunteer Nancy, 88, receives top award for service at charity shop

Nancy Turner has been a volunteer at the cancer research shop and is now 88 and receives an award for her dedication.     Pictured at the front with Nicola Stapleton, volunteer retention manager, and Sarah Kesterton, manager of the branch on Abbeygate Street.   Surrounded by other volunteers.
Nancy Turner has been a volunteer at the cancer research shop and is now 88 and receives an award for her dedication. Pictured at the front with Nicola Stapleton, volunteer retention manager, and Sarah Kesterton, manager of the branch on Abbeygate Street. Surrounded by other volunteers.
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An 88-year-old volunteer who has served a Bury St Edmunds charity shop for 27 years has received a top award for her dedication.

Nancy Turner, of Stowlangtoft, was named a Cancer Research UK Honorary Fellow - the highest accolade the charity can award to a volunteer - for her work at its Abbeygate Street shop.

The former shorthand typist and fitness instructor, who started volunteering about a month after the shop opened, has hardly ever missed a shift and even turned up for work with a broken wrist in plaster.

She was due to accept her award in May at a ceremony in London but broke her hip two days before attending.

Instead, the great-grandmother was presented with the accolade by Nicola Stapleton, volunteering retention manager at Cancer Research UK, at The Centre, in St John’s Street, on Monday.

She was nominated by her former manager Julia Quigley.

After giving up driving seven years ago, Mrs Turner now gets her 90-year-old husband John to drop her at the front of the shop when she’s on duty.