Pensioner bestowed with honour after more than a decade of volunteering

PUBLISHED: 15:51 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:51 22 July 2016

Pat Allen receiving the volunteering award

Pat Allen receiving the volunteering award


Pat Allen from Gravesend has been volunteering at ellenor for the past 14 years

Pat Allen with The Badge of the Order of MercyPat Allen with The Badge of the Order of Mercy

An eighty-year-old woman from Gravesend has been granted the Badge of the Order of Mercy in recognition of her years of voluntary service.

Pat Allen received the honour from the League of Mercy for her 14-years of work with local hospice, ellenor.

The League, which was founded in 1899, honours the work of volunteers across the country.

Alongside her son Michael, and head of community at ellenor, Linda Trew, Mrs Allen travelled Mansion House in London to receive her award.

But it wasn’t long until the 80-year-old was back at ellenor.

The day after her trip, she was back volunteering in the finance department at the charity’s Dartford branch, preparing the floats for the charity’s summer fair earlier this month.

Linda Trew from the charity praised the pensioner’s willingness to help.

She said: “Pat is always ready to volunteer for us - whatever the request, whatever the weather, whatever the time.

“She is so flexible and willing to do whatever is needed. She is always at the end of the phone if we need her and is willing to take on projects, great and small, and get the very best out of them.

“I know that we can rely on Pat for help and assistance at any time, as she has the knowledge and experience of many years of fundraising, as well as overwhelming passion for the work of ellenor.”

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