Saturday, January 21, 2012 posted by Steve Williams

On Thursday I went to the Floral Pavilion to attend the 20th Annual ‘Volunteering Wirral’ Long Service Awards Ceremony.  It was good to see that as there were so many recipients, there had to be 2 seperate ceremonies. The afternoon was hosted by Steve Mowbray, the Manager of Volunteering Wirral,  with the awards being presented by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr. Moira McLaughlin. 

The awards consisted of  ‘100 hours certificates’, Bronze medallions for 3 years service, Silver for 5 years service and Gold for 10 years.  There were nine presentations of Platinum medallions which is for over 20 years service.  One of the Platinum recipients was of special interest to me as it was my mum, Margaret Harrison who has run the Wirral Deaf Blind Group for over 20 years.

Three guest speakers interspersed the awards by giving short talks.  They were Jan Griffin from Working Life,  Alison Bell of Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, and Kathy Wootton from Wirral CAB.  All were interesting and very enlightening.  Entertainment was provided by Bernie Fawcett, keyboard and vocals, who kindly donated his fee again to Clatterbridge Hospital Cancer Research Fund.

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