Big C charity thanks West Norfolk volunteers

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Nearly 250 volunteers for the Big C have clocked up almost 40,000 hours of unpaid work for the county’s cancer charity during the past year, equating to £281,000 of support.

Their unstinting work is across four main areas, retail through 10 stores and warehouses; support and information through the support centres at Norwich, Lynn, Yarmouth and within the Louise Hamilton Centre at Gorleston and Cromer Hospital.

Their commitment was recognised and celebrated at the annual volunteer appreciation day held in Norwich, where former trustee and now vice-president Theresa Cossey, MBE, presented long service awards to 22 volunteers.

The awards are given for every five years service so among the audience of staff and trustees were others who had also volunteered for many years, but who will receive certificates on other years.

The highest number of years recognised, 20 years, was for Valerie Mace who has worked at all three Big C retail stores in Norwich.

Marjorie Wilson was also recognised for her two decades of volunteering.During the afternoon chief executive Dr Chris Bushby thanked the volunteers for their commitment and invaluable contribution.

Pictured above are chief executive Dr Chris Bushby and vic- president Theresa Cossey, MBE, pictured with some of the Big C volunteers in Norfolk.