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Charity says thanks with flowers to duo

Pat Robertson, left, and Edna Lumley, right, with Age UK Morpeth shop manager Cecilie Cromar.

Pat Robertson, left, and Edna Lumley, right, with Age UK Morpeth shop manager Cecilie Cromar.

Two women who are always willing to give a helping hand to a charity in Morpeth have been honoured for their efforts over the last 15 years.

Age UK has awarded certificates of thanks and flowers to Pat Robertson and Edna Lumley. They have been volunteers at the Newgate Street shop since it opened in 1999.

The duo have done a range of tasks such as manning the cash register, organising clothes, pricing books and sorting out the bric-a-brac and they continue to enjoy their role.

“All the volunteers get on very well and if you need help with something, there’s always someone to provide it,” said Edna.

“When I hurt my back and was in a wheelchair, manager Cecilie Cromar arranged for a couple of the men to go to my house nearby and wheel me along to the shop so I could keep busy, which really helped me during a tough time.”

Pat said: “At times in the first few years it was just the two of us on the (shop) floor, but we both worked in shops so we knew what to expect.

“We’ve made lots of friends and there’s currently a good mix of men and women. We go to concerts and on trips together.”

The shop was called Age Concern when it opened. When that charity merged with Help the Aged, it changed to Age UK.

Mrs Cromar said: “Pat comes in twice a week and if we get a delivery of goods, I call Edna and she comes in to help sort it out. They continue to be a valuable part of our team.”

Another volunteer at the shop, Susan Russell, got a certificate for completing five years.

 

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