Two long serving volunteers with the WRVS Home Library service were presented with bouquets and thanks for their many years of commitment to help people unable to visit a Swindon library.
Pat Graves and Betty Payne were nominated out of 4,500 volunteers to attend the WRVS Diamond Awards for the South West in October. The awards celebrated the role of older volunteers.
Pat, 86, has been a WRVS volunteer for 42 years, and started a book delivery round with Betty in 1999. At times she has temporarily coordinated the Home Library service.
Betty, a sprightly 91 years old, has decided to call it a day. She said: “I’ve been a volunteer for 15 years but I’ve decided it’s time to slow down and perhaps use the Home Library service myself.
“We’re both amazed to have been asked to go to the Diamond Awards; you don’t volunteer thinking you’ll be nominated for anything, but it’s lovely to be recognised.”
Pat said she’s willing to carry on until a replacement volunteer has been found. “We’ve both enjoyed delivering books and have met some lovely people on our rounds. They really enjoy our visits and you feel you’re providing an important service.”
Home Library coordinator Maria Bastin said the two volunteers deserve their nominations. “I’m so pleased Pat and Betty have been recognised. They’re such lovely people who have done a great job.”
Home Library is for anybody who is not able to go to a library because of infirmity, disability or temporary incapacity. More volunteers are needed to ensure all who need it can receive the service.
For details about becoming a volunteer or using Home Library, call Maria on 07769 281666.