Dora’s marmalade helps needy get out of a jam in Gosport

MEET AND GREET Gosport Mayor Christopher Carter chats to Dora Rogers
MEET AND GREET Gosport Mayor Christopher Carter chats to Dora Rogers
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DORA Rogers has been spreading goodwill to others for 46 years – thanks to thousands of jars of her home-made marmalade.

The 81-year-old and her husband John, 82, were both honoured at a volunteer awards ceremony for the Gosport Young At Heart club yesterday.

AWARDS Volunteers are recognised for their services

AWARDS Volunteers are recognised for their services

In her role as fundraiser, Dora has made more than 15,000 jars of home-made marmalade which she sells for charitable causes.

She added: ‘I’ve given it up recently but 15,000 is a nice round number.

‘People just kept giving me jars so I kept making it. I had an accident making some a couple of weeks ago and it made a sticky mess everywhere so I’ve decided to give it up now.’

Dora and John were presented with lifetime award certificates by the town’s mayor, Councillor Chris Carter, for their years of service to elderly people.

Dora, of South Close, Gosport, said: ‘I have enjoyed every minute of my time as a volunteer.

‘It’s very tiring sometimes but I do enjoy it. I have been doing volunteer work for such a long time now.

‘I have been involved in various organisations like the Scouts and the NSPCC since 1965. Then I came here and started helping out at the Young At Heart club where my husband was the leader.’

The Young At Heart club, which was founded 43 years ago, aims to improve the quality of life for Gosport’s growing population of pensioners.

It relies on volunteers who organise day trips and outings for the club members.

Other volunteers from the club were also given volunteer awards at the ceremony at Club Hampshire, in Gosport.

Noelle Doherty, 76, and Heather Francis, 64, received 10-year service awards.

Ron Doherty, 76, Patricia Barnett, 70 and Brian Barnett, 82, were each given five-year awards. Eddie Baron, 88, Lily Mitchell, 78 and Philip Francis, 63, received one-year awards.

Heather Francis, who is the leader of the group, said: ‘The volunteers help run the club and organise entertainment and outings so members can retain active participation in the local community. We aim to improve our members’ quality of life through friendship, support, fun activities and information.

‘Our weekly meetings are often the only time they can get out and about and have time for socialising.’

The club meets every Friday afternoon at Club Hampshire from 1.45pm to 3.45pm.

Cllr Chris Carter said: ‘I’m delighted to have been able to come here and meet these people.’