Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, attended a joint celebration of Barnardo’s dedicated volunteers from its two Dronfield shops who have a combined 150 years of service.
Managers Sharonne Winter from the standard store and Gail Sinclair from the children’s store hosted the MP at the Peel Centre.
He had tea, discussed the town and shared ideas with the volunteers, who have a combined 150 years volunteering for the charity – and in so doing supporting vulnerable children and young people.
Attending the celebration were Janet Firth, aged 78, who has recently received the Marsh Trust volunteers award and has achieved 35 years volunteering for Barnardo’s, and James Hollingworth, 24, from the children’s store, who has recently been nominated for the national Charity Retail Awards Young Volunteer of the Year award.
Gail Sinclair, manager of the children’s store said: “We are lucky to have two exceptional teams of volunteers working in Dronfield.
“They are all marvellous, but I’m particularly proud of James’ nomination for Young Volunteer of the Year. He has made a huge difference to the whole volunteering team due to his commitment, his polite manner and his support to all in need.
“James has a learning disability through being on the autistic spectrum, but he has led the way through his dedication to learning, overcoming his fears of not being able to understand instructions. His customer service skills are second to none and he has demonstrated on many occasions his patience in trying to help customers.”
James was due to find out if he has won the Young Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony in Nottingham today.
Volunteer Chloe Rowan prepared and served the food with help from Sharonne.
All the volunteers felt that it was worthwhile volunteering for Barnardo’s and everyone enjoyed the event.
James is second from the right on the back row.
Barnardo’s East Region