One of Gloucestershire's leading care home providers recently recognised volunteers for their service to older people's care at a special event and ceremony.
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) invited over 130 volunteers from its 18 care homes across the county to a Volunteers' Day, which was held at the Guild Hall in Gloucester on 7th May.
OSJCT's new Head of Volunteering, Lee Palmer, opened the ceremony, followed by the presentation of service awards to volunteers from OSJCT's Gloucestershire trustees, Dr. Ralph Stephenson and Sir Nicholas Mander.
Among the 23 volunteers that received awards on the day were Mr and Mrs Arthur and Daphne Smith – 10-year volunteers from Paternoster House in Cirencester. Mr and Mrs Smith have been volunteering at the home every day since March 2004, donating their time to helping with activities like gardening and knitting, fundraising and spending time chatting with residents.
Other volunteers that received awards on the day include 5-year volunteers Diane Twomey of Chestnut Court in Quedgely and Michelle Robertson of Rodley House in Lydney, as well as several one-year volunteers from Wyatt House in Stroud, Jubilee Lodge in Bourton-on-the-Water, Grevill House in Cheltenham and Trevone House in Gloucester.
Lindsey Buckenham, OSJCT Gloucestershire Activities and Volunteer Manager, commented: "We look forward to Volunteers' Day each year because it's the Trust's chance to formally thank the kind men and women who dedicate their personal time to enhancing the lives of our residents across the Gloucestershire.
"People like Mr and Mrs Smith, who have spent thousands of hours at our homes, provide our residents with the most meaningful and priceless gift of all – their time and compassion. We couldn't be more grateful to these great people and the important role they play within the day-to-day lives of our residents."