Long-serving volunteer says ‘it’s been a pleasure’ as she retires after 20 years

A loyal volunteer at a Fenland day centre said “it’s been a pleasure” as she retired after 20 years of service.

Chris Halton started working at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech when it was known as The Macmillan Unit, as she supported staff and interacted with patients, many she got to know well.

Chris, from Friday Bridge, worked in the canteen at Padley’s before retiring this month and to mark the occasion, colleagues and fellow volunteers gathered to say goodbye in a socially distanced way.

Although volunteers were unable to visit the centre when coronavirus restrictions were first enforced, Chris said this was a chance to take a step back, saying she “enjoyed being lazy for a change”.

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Alan Hudson Centre; it’s been a pleasure to be here. I’m now looking forward to doing my own thing.”

It was not just at the day centre that Chris showed dedication to. She is also a keen gardener, cyclist and a member of the indoor Friday Bridge Bowling Club, something she has missed over recent months.

On the day Chris left, Claire Walpole, day therapy team lead, handed over a certificate recognising her 20 years of service, while Chris was also presented with chocolates, flowers and an Arthur Rank Hospice Charity badge.

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Michelle Knight, matron at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, said: “Our volunteers are integral to the successful delivery of our support and services and individuals like Chris help make the Centre the warm and welcoming place that it is.

“We will miss her, but wish her every success and happiness in her future endeavours and thank her wholeheartedly for 20 valuable years of service.”

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Michelle added: “We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so please get in touch if you would like to find out more about how you can help.”

Other long-serving volunteers were also recognised for between five and 35 years of service, from supporting creative activities in day therapy to taking part in local fundraising efforts and greeting patients.

To learn more about volunteering at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, contact the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity voluntary services team on 01223 675872 or email volunteer@arhc.org.uk.

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