Praise for Ellon ladies for their years of volunteering

Back row l-r: Sylvia Raitt, Mary Duncan, Madeline Somerville, Pat Wink'Front row l-r: Nan Wyness, Mary Mitchell, Maureen Thomson, Maureen Dean
Back row l-r: Sylvia Raitt, Mary Duncan, Madeline Somerville, Pat Wink'Front row l-r: Nan Wyness, Mary Mitchell, Maureen Thomson, Maureen Dean
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Volunteers in Ellon received long service awards recently in recognition of their services.

The ladies who stay in and around Ellon scooped long service medals, clasps and pin badges from the Royal Voluntary Service for their dedication in the town over the years.

Helping at crafts events and the bingo ,as well as at Ythanvale Care Home and driving residents to hospital appointments are just a handful of the activities that the ladies are involved in.

One volunteer enjoys helping at crafts events and whisk playing, while another lady looks after a trolley shop at Ythanvale Home. For anyone keen to get behind the wheel, volunteering as a driver is another option. Volunteer, Mary Duncan transports people as far as Peterhead, and into Foresterhill and Wolmanhill for hospital appointments. Mary Mitchell along with Nan Wyness collected Long Service medals which recognise 15 years of service.

Madeline Somerville and Jessie Elder (Jessie was ill and couldn’t make it to the event) collected their 10 year badges. Maureen Thomson, picked up a 20 year badge and Maureen Dean took home a clasp. Other volunteers joined the ladies to watch them receive their awards.

Royal Voluntary Service locality manager, Aileen Macdonald said: “We are keen for more volunteers to get involved. There are lots of different opportunities and the hours are as flexible as can be.”

People interested can call 01467 626012.