A Fulwood woman who has given over 30 years of volunteer time to St Catherine’s Hospice has been recognised.Advertisement
Ann Loan started volunteering in the hospice charity shop in 1982 and has not stopped since then.
Ann was nominated by staff at the hospice for her efforts to raise money and help run the hospice.
The Order of Mercy award saw 21 volunteers across the UK picked for their contributions to the work of charities across the country – and Ann was one of those picked out of 1,200 other nominations.
Ann said on receiving the letter about her award: “To be honest I thought it was a hoax when I first saw it!”
“To say I was shocked was putting it mildly. Now that the news has sunk in, I can say it’s an absolute honour to have been first nominated and then picked as a winner.
“It also feels very humbling as there are scores of other people who give their time to volunteer and help St Catherine’s in so many ways. The hospice really couldn’t survive and do the wonderful job it does without their help and support.”
Ann has spent 20 years working as a ward volunteer and now runs the hospice gift shop every Wednesday.
You can find more about Ann’s incredible contribution on the St Catherine’s Hospice website.
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