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Charity bookshop's long servers honoured

Sue Ryder Bookshop's dedicated volunteers (2507461)
Sue Ryder Bookshop's dedicated volunteers (2507461)

The manager of the Sue Ryder Bookshop in Spalding paid tribute to his team of volunteers as part of national campaign Volunteers Week 2018.

A group of dedicated volunteers gathered at the shop on The Crescent to receive a collective thank you from assistant manager Nicola Hards. Andy Hardy was recognised for 14 years of service, Geoffrey Priestman, Judith McCarthy and Paul McCarthy for 10 years and Jane Bayston, Bob Weston, Joan Belding, Adrian Barnard and David Briggs for five years or more.

This gathering also presented the opportunity to remember three former long-standing volunteers Peter Nicholson, Michael Byrd and Les Bourne, who have sadly passed away in the last two years.

It is estimated that the entire volunteer team has given 125 years of service in total to the shop, helping raise funds to support Sue Ryder’s care for people living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease.

Shop manager Paul Redford said: "I want to publicly thank all current and former volunteers – a team I have been so proud to lead for the last 14 years.

“It is incredible that out of our team of 35 volunteers, whose contributions we value every day, we have 11 people who have been here for five years or more and four who have exceeded 10 years.

“The knowledge of books and music each volunteer brings to their role is second to none, as is their customer service. It’s thanks to them that we have many a shopper leave with just the right book or rare vinyl they were looking for.

“Without the help of these volunteers the Sue Ryder Spalding Bookshop simply could not function and raise the many thousands of pounds we raise to support Sue Ryder’s care for people with life-changing conditions.”

  • For more information about volunteering opportunities at Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org, email volunteering@sueryder.org or call 020 7554 5900.


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