Five big-hearted supporters have made volunteering a family affair – clocking up 40 years at a community shop between them.
Spread across three generations, they support us by either working our Oswestry shop or on projects from home.
Winifred Lloyd and her daughter Ruth Jones work at the shop in English Walls.
Ruth’s husband Nigel spends his time PAT testing and checking donated electrical equipment at their home near Oswestry.
Their daughter Lori worked at the shop two years ago and now uses her design skills to create crafts to support us.
And the couple’s other daughter Hannah volunteered at the shop as part of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award when she was 15-years-old.
Shop manager Debbie Woods said: “We’re keeping it in the family at Oswestry and it’s absolutely amazing.”
Win, as she is known, has rarely missed a shift since starting in 2000.
She received an award for 20 years’ service in March and said: “I look forward to coming to work and doing a variety of tasks from serving customers to stocking shelves.
“Having my family here is wonderful; we all want to support the hospice in any way we can and give something back to the community.”
Ruth, who has a 15 years long service award, was inspired by her mum and late auntie Edie Wiseman.
She said: “I was a stay-at-home mum when we lost my dad to pancreatic cancer in 2000. Mum said it would be good to get out and meet people. My auntie was already volunteering there and had been for years, so I decided to sign up in 2002.
“I work on a Monday and do occasional short shifts on a Tuesday and mum covers Tuesdays – but it’s not unusual for us to work more days as and when required.”
Debbie added: “Win and Ruth are multi-skilled and can tackle any role assigned to them. Nigel is our PAT tester and brilliant at making sure our electrical goods are safe to resell.
“Lori works on projects for our external events team, creating amazing crafts such as wreaths, bunting, cotton bags and teddy bears, while Hannah completed her Duke of Edinburgh with us.
“We value their skills, time and help and thank them for supporting families who need our care.”
Dawn Felton, volunteer coordinator, said: “We’re fortunate to have a family who are so passionate about helping other people that they all get involved in some way.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our charity. They all do an amazing job whether they’re working at the hospice, in our shops, in the community or from home.”