13 March 2014

Volunteer presented with Long Service Award

Peter Lacey Volunteer AwardPeter Lacy, AWP's longest serving volunteer, has been presented with a Long Service Award, recognising the dedication he has shown to the Trust for over 30 years. This is the first time a volunteer has been given this award.

Peter is an administration volunteer with LIFT at the Coast Resource Centre in Weston-super-Mare.

At 85 years of age he recently reached the 30 year milestone of volunteering with us. Along with staff who have worked in the NHS for 30 years, Peter's dedication was recognised with a Long Service Award.

Peter wasn't able to attend the award ceremony last December, so Paul Smith, AWP's voluntary service coordinator went to meet Peter at LIFT to thank him personally and jointly with Susan Watts, secretary for the Recovery Team, present him with his award.

Peter has been volunteering with us since taking early retirement - and said he had been volunteering for nearly as long as he had done a paid job. He said that it had helped him through some difficult times.

Paul says: "Peter praised the dedication of staff at LIFT but I think we should also praise his dedication to coming in nearly every week for 30 years to help us. Peter said he had seen a lot of changes in 30 years and had made the move from the Weston General Hospital site to the Coast Resource Centre. He said the staff were very special people which is why he had stayed volunteering with us.

"I admire his commitment and dedication to helping others - I feel honoured to present him with his award on behalf of AWP."

Susan added: "I would just like to say what a pleasure it has been working with Peter for the nearly 16 years that I have known him. He has been a great help to us all with the support that he has given us."

Photos show Peter Lacy with Susan Watts and Paul Smith, and inset Peter being presented with his award.

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