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A long-serving St Oswald's volunteer celebrates 25 years of volunteering with a royal day out

 long-standing volunteer at St Oswald’s was recognised for her 25 years service at a ceremony at the Alnwick Garden attended by HRH the Prince of Wales.

Sonia Taylor, from Prudhoe in Northumberland, has volunteered with St Oswald’s for 25 years and is currently a volunteer at our Blaydon charity shop. After reading about Sonia’s long service to St Oswald’s earlier this year, Bryony Gibson the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Northumberland nominated Sonia for recognition.

The garden party which took place on the 13th September in the grounds of Alnwick Garden was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and HRH Prince Charles was also in attendance to meet with volunteers. The excellent weather provided a good backdrop to the day, where guests were treated to delicious food and music from live bands, as well as being gifted a goody bag at the end of the day.


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Sonia was delighted by the acknowledgement she received and said:

I was very pleased to represent St Oswald’s at the event alongside my good friend, the Shop Manager at the Blaydon shop, Paul Morrison who accompanied me. There are so many wonderful and diverse volunteers at St Oswald’s Hospice who work hard to support the work of the Hospice. On the day, we were honoured by the attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who was mingling with the other guests. When I started volunteering with the Hospice my aunt was working there and wanted someone to help her with tasks. I never dreamed it would lead to me meeting Prince Charles. Volunteering is not only good for the Hospice, but the volunteers also gain a huge amount from contributing our skills too.

Christine Ward, Volunteer Development Manager at St Oswald’s, said:

I’m so pleased to hear that Sonia and Paul enjoyed a brilliant day at Alnwick Garden. It’s fantastic that we have events like this where volunteers can be celebrated for the immense contribution they make. With over 1,200 volunteers at St Oswald’s, we wouldn’t be able to provide the high quality of care without the ongoing commitment and support of our brilliant volunteers and we’re grateful that one of our long-serving volunteers was able to enjoy this recognition.

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