Fareham charity honours dedicated volunteer for 20 years of service

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Dedicated volunteer Margaret Taylor has been recognised and thanked for her two decades of care and compassion.

The 75-year-old, from Portchester, who suffers from glaucoma in both eyes, has volunteered at charity Open Sight since 1992.

She was rewarded for her commitment yesterday when the charity presented her with the Tricia Carter memorial shield at its annual general meeting.

Whilst accepting her award and holding back tears, Mrs Taylor said: ‘It’s such a lovely shock. I had no idea at all, I never expected anything like this.’

Jenny Robinson, chairwoman of Open Sight’s Fareham branch, said: ‘She’s an amazing lady, worker and supporter, you name it and she’s done it to raise money for us.

‘She’s always there when she can be. This is why we wanted to say thank you. This shield is the one way we can say thank you.’

GRATITUDE Fareham branch chairwoman of Open Sight Jenny Robinson, 67, with her guide dog Bella, presenting Margaret Taylor, 75, the Tricia Carter Memorial Shield. Picture: Sarah Standing (150880-1061)

GRATITUDE Fareham branch chairwoman of Open Sight Jenny Robinson, 67, with her guide dog Bella, presenting Margaret Taylor, 75, the Tricia Carter Memorial Shield. Picture: Sarah Standing (150880-1061)

The memorial shield was set up in memory of Tricia Carter, who died in 2013 from cancer. She was the charity’s branch secretary for many years.

Mrs Robinson said: ‘Tricia did a heck of a lot for us and we wanted a way to remember her. She helped with anything going.

‘She was a wonderful lady and we very much miss her. This shield means that in a way she is still with us.’

This is the second time the shield has been awarded, last year it was given to Marjorie Wise, from Portchester for her 20 years of service. Mrs Wise died in May 2014.

She’s an amazing lady, worker and supporter, you name it and she’s done it to raise money for us.

Jenny Robinson, chairwoman of Open Sight’s Fareham branch

Yesterday’s coffee morning, held at Catisfield Memorial Hall in Fareham, was attended by scores of volunteers from Open Site branches across the area, including Portchester and Stubbington clubs.

The refreshments were followed by the charity’s annual general meeting, with the shield being awarded at the end.

Mrs Robinson said: ‘This is our opportunity to say thank you to our members.’

Open Sight is the largest charitable organisation in Hampshire working with people who have, or who are at risk of developing sight loss.