THEY dedicate hours of service and help, yet ask for nothing in return.
But now volunteers have been thanked for their efforts.
Nanette ‘Nan’ Crickmore has been helping out at the Naomi House and Jacksplace charity shop, in High Street, Cosham for 15 years.
Yesterday she was presented with flowers as a thank you. Along with Nan, Denise ‘Dinks’ Reader, 64, was also presented with flowers to mark a decade of work at the shop .
Nan, 87, said: ‘Before volunteering here, I used to help at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Then when that closed I came here.
‘I’ve been a part-time volunteer for about 25 years and I enjoy it so much.
‘I joined Naomi House because it’s helping children, and I get to talk to customers.
‘It gets me out, and I will carry on doing it for as long as I can.’
Both women hope to encourage others to take up volunteering.
Denise said: ‘I used to look after my aunt, and when she passed away I started volunteering here for one afternoon.
‘That’s now turned into four days, and I love it.
‘For me this is my social life, and I enjoy meeting and speaking to people.
‘If anyone can spare time, it is a brilliant thing to do.’
As well as having a new manager start in January, the store has also had a lick of paint and revamped its layout to make it more health and safety friendly.
Manager Lynne Morgan said: ‘The dedication shown by Dinks and Nan is amazing, and we can’t thank them enough for volunteering.
‘With staff and a revamped store, I hope to achieve more support for the hospice.’
As reported, Naomi House as launched its Caterpillar Appeal, which wants to raise more than £4m.
The money will be used to refurbish the children’s hospice in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.
People donating items to charity stores can say if they would like the money to go towards the appeal.