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Care medal for Blackburn pensioner
A DEDICATED hospice volunteer has been commended for her long-standing work by a historic royal caring foundation.
East Lancashire Hospice helper Mavis Dagger, who started volunteering at the centre 13 years ago after seeing an advert in the Lancashire Telegraph calling for assistants, received an Order of Mercy medal from the League of Mercy in acknowledgement of her service.
The 78-year-old former Don Shoes employee and school kitchen assistant from Blackburn was one of 24 volunteers awarded for giving over seven years’ unpaid community service to vulnerable and sick people after being nominated by other hospice staff.
The league was established by Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1899 as a charity to encourage a large body of volunteer workers to assist with the maintenance of voluntary hospitals.
Mrs Dagger, who lives in Marlton Road, helps to encourage patients on palliative care units to eat and drink, as well as ensuring their comfort.
She said: “It was a lovely surprise to win the award and am really flattered to have been nominated.
“I don’t think that that I do anything different to any of the other deserving volunteers so I was just lucky.
“I really enjoy helping on the wards and having the time to talk to people.
“I hope that what we do as volunteers makes a positive difference to the patients who are really very brave and their families.
“I’ve met so many nice people doing this job so I intend to keep helping here as long as I am able to,” added Mrs Dagger, who received the award at a special ceremony in London.
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