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Dartford EllenorLions Hospice volunteer rewarded for outstanding service

PUBLISHED: 13:52 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:52 25 March 2013

EllenorLions regional retail manager Tim Stewart and volunteer Betty Hammond

EllenorLions regional retail manager Tim Stewart and volunteer Betty Hammond

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A long serving Dartford charity volunteer has received a special award for her dedication and service to EllenorLions Hospices.

Betty Hammond, 78, began volunteering at the charity’s High Street shop in January 1992 after they provided hospice at home care for a friend.

On Saturday (23), after more than 21 years of service, Betty was presented with a certificate and flowers at Dartford Football Club.

The VIP guest, of Burnham Road, Dartford, has been a loyal supporter of the club for more than 40 years, and is a season ticket holder.

She said: “It was the perfect day. I saw Dartford win 3-0 and it was a nice surprise to receive recognition for my years of volunteering.

“When I retired from the Post Office my husband was still working and the dog didn’t talk to me much! I wanted to help a local cause and I knew of EllenorLions because they cared for my friend.”

The Dartford High Street shop was the first to open, back in 1989, and is run entirely by a troupe of dedicated volunteers.

Tim Stewart, regional retail manager at the charity, who presented Betty with her award, said: “Betty is one of many long-standing volunteers.

“Our volunteers are a vital support to our charity shops, fundraising, and offices – without them we could not maximise the amount of money we spend on our care services.”

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