A Celebration event at Saltash Guildhall to mark National Volunteers Week brought together people from around the town who together have given more than 760 years of service to their organisations. The event was organised by Volunteer Service PL12.
Twenty-seven volunteers were identified as having given at least 25 years each to the community, and they were invited to receive certificates in celebration by the town’s mayor Councillor Bill Phillips.
Organisations represented included Saltash Heritage, Scouts and Girl Guiding, Saltash Rugby Club and SHADO.
The evening began with performance by the ladies of the Brunel Harmony Chorus who specially selected their songs to celebrate the idea of ‘giving’, and concluded with refreshments served to family, friends and colleagues.
Volunteering in Cornwall equates to over £490 million of economic activity. Or if we look at it another way, we would need an extra 14,000 full-time staff to do all of the things currently done by volunteers.
Pictured below are some of the long-service volunteers with Mayor Bill Phillips.