Royal date for volunteer Tina

Volunteers party for Tina Wright (seated) who is off to a garden party at Buckingham Palace later this month.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto

Volunteers party for Tina Wright (seated) who is off to a garden party at Buckingham Palace later this month.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto

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SUPPORTERS gathered at the Wisbech-based Volunteer Centre Fenland to wish former administrator Tina Wright all the best after she was nominated to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

Tina, who retired last July after 17 years with the centre, was nominated by her successor, volunteer centre manager Annette Houghton, in recognition for her outstanding work to volunteering.

Said Annette: “I was so pleased to have written a letter to Buckingham Palace last March to nominate Tina as she has been a worthy person to put forward.

“Tina is taking a friend with her on May 22. We wish them a very special day, a life-time memory.”

Annette presented Tina with a letter of congratulations from MP Steve Barclay on all her hard work.

When Tina started at the centre it was on five hours a week. She was responsible for the administration for the car scheme and then progressed to 15 hours as admin/recruitment worker.

Tina has helped hundreds of volunteers over this time, steering them to the appropriate opportunities with organisations and colleagues said she would always go that extra mile to help people.

Now retired, Tina is busy doing her family tree but she still comes into the office and volunteers when she can.

Over 60 people were invited to the celebration including mayors from all the Fenland towns.

It was attended by trustees, staff, volunteers, representatives of organisations and councillors.