The leading disability charity Papworth Trust has recognised the contribution made by its volunteers.
The charity, which offers essential support and care to disabled and older people, presented long service awards as part of National Volunteers Week .
Robert Wallace, Papworth Trust ‘s volunteer programme manager, said: “It was wonderful presenting our volunteers with their awards to recognise long service and outstanding contribution .
“Each and every volunteer at our Ipswich centres, the West Suffolk Disability Resource Centre in Bury St Edmunds and Vange Place supported living in Haverhill make an amazing contribution to our service and we would like to say a huge well done and thank you to them.”
Papworth Trust also handed out ‘Outstanding Volunteer Awards’ which were nominated by managers or people who have been supported by the charity, recognising volunteers’ ‘exceptional commitment and contribution’ .
Among the Outstanding Volunteer Awards was one to Carole Bland, who works at the Bury centre. Long Service Awards went to Bury volunteers Lorrie Finley and Alison Hasselder, while their fellow volunteers, Neil Aldous, Vivien Cracknell and Greg Thompson received both awards.
The charity also organised a competition encouraging volunteers, customers and staff to send in short stories, videos and photos about volunteering .
Robert added: “They really highlighted how much volunteering means to not only the volunteer but also those people they help to support.
“We would also like to thank all the local businesses who supported our volunteering celebrations.”