13 March 2014
Volunteer presented with Long Service Award
Peter 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
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
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
"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
Photos show Peter Lacy with Susan Watts and Paul Smith, and
inset Peter being presented with his award.