Pair are honoured for helping forces

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DEDICATED Renee Martin and Geoff Winter have clocked up six decades of work between them, helping Sheffield’s service personnel and veterans.

The volunteers give up their spare time to work for SSAFA Forces Help, which assists current and former forces members who have fallen on hard times to access grants and other types of support.

Renee, a volunteer for 40 years, and Geoff, who has helped for the last 20 years, were honoured for long service by the Countess of Scarbrough who has just taken up the post of President of SSAFA Forces Help South Yorkshire.

The post was previously held by her mother-in-law, the Dowager Countess.

Mr Winter, of Ecclesall, a former chief education officer who served in the Army, finds time to help as one of around 40 South Yorkshire case workers for SSAFA - despite being 89 years old.

Colonel Jonathan Hunt, chairman of SSAFA’s South Yorkshire branch, said: “Sixty years is a tremendous amount of time and they must have helped hundreds of people.

“Without volunteers like Renee and Geoff, SSAFA wouldn’t exist - they contribute so much to the armed services.”

He added SSAFA was ‘delighted’ the Countess had agreed to be local president.