TWO Runcorn volunteers have been honoured by the Stroke Association after supporting the charity for 30 years.
Linda Chesworth, aged 67, and Maureen Pattison have a combined three decades of dedicated service to stroke survivors and their carers.
Linda started volunteering more than 20 years ago, when she provided one-to-one befriending for the Stroke Association, while Maureen has been helping for 10 years.
They both now support stroke survivors at the charity’s communication support group which meets each fortnight at Murdishaw Community Centre in Runcorn.
Linda, from Murdishaw, said: “I saw an advert in the paper and wanted to help the local community. Now 20 years on, I really enjoy meeting the members of the group and helping to make a difference.
“The group is lovely and friendly and it’s great to see people making progress. They really appreciate the time you dedicate to them.”
The two ladies were presented with flowers, cake and a certificate at a special celebration ahead of volunteers week which runs from June 1-7.
Maureen said: “It was completely unexpected to receive the flowers and certificate. As a volunteer you give a lot but receive so much more in return. It’s wonderful to see the group’s smiles and to be able to help make them feel happier.
“It’s lovely to be able to do it. They’re a great group and it’s been a pleasure. ”
Jeanette Lunt, assistant regional manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Linda and Maureen have shown wonderful dedication to the charity and it has been a great pleasure honouring them for the support. We couldn’t be more grateful. The event gave us an opportunity to celebrate the difference they make every day to the lives of stroke survivors and their families.
“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Their knowledge, experience and support help stroke survivors make the best possible recovery. They enable us to raise more money to continue the work of the charity and also help us to raise awareness of stroke in our local communities.”
For more information about stroke visit stroke.org.uk or call the helpline on 0303 303 3100.