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“Fantastic” achievements of Havering volunteers celebrated at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 June 2018

Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

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Volunteers who have helped out the community by completing thousands of hours of unpaid work, by doing everything from making sure hospital patients receive the correct treatment, to running lunchtime clubs have been rewarded for their efforts.

Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

Havering Volunteer Centre hosted their annual awards ceremony on Friday, June 8 at Emerson Park Social Hall in Slewins Lane and hundreds of volunteers were given certificates for what they had achieved.

One volunteer who received an award was Mary Bell, 70, from Hornchurch, who has been volunteering at Healthwatch Havering for a number of years making sure patients at BHR hospitals receive the correct treatment and care.

The group represents the views of people who use services, carers and the public on the Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities, and reports concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England.

Mary - who was an auxiliary nurse in Rush Green Hospital, and a carer in the community for 10 years said: “I think it is a very good thing to be doing.

Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.Havering Volunteer Centre CEO Shelley Hart (centre right) and the Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (centre left) with volunteers who had been awarded for their efforts. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

“We help a lot of people which is great and people seem to be a lot more open with us than they are with the people that’s working there.

“It is an important job.”

Another pair of volunteers who were awarded were Ashok Sedha and his wife Surinder Sedha.

The couple have been running the HASWA (Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association) lunch club for the last six years and have been HASWA executive committee members since 2012.

Mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (left) and Shelley Hart CEO of Havering Volunteer Centre (right). Photo by Ellie HoskinsMayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel (left) and Shelley Hart CEO of Havering Volunteer Centre (right). Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Shelley Hart, CEO of Havering Volunteer centre told the Recorder: “They are a lovely couple, and have been doing a wonderful job.

“They invited me down to the lunch club to meet everyone and it has been a great success.”

Shelley - who organised the awards - said that her team of 15 volunteers at the centre in High Street, Romford clocked up 5,668 hours helping her run the charity, and praised her “really great team”.

Speaking about the awards she said: “There are so many wonderful volunteers in the borough, and it is great to be able to celebrate their achievements and how they have helped others.”

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