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Volunteers were recognised for their vital contribution to their communities during a celebration in Wisbech yesterday (Thursday ).

Volunteer organisations celebrate International Volunteer Day, with Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress Peter Human and Janet Tanfield (centre), event organiser Pearl Charalambos, Active Fenland’s Physical Activity Locality Co-ordinator (second from left) and Councillor Mark Buckton, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People (third from right). (5863316)
Volunteer organisations celebrate International Volunteer Day, with Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress Peter Human and Janet Tanfield (centre), event organiser Pearl Charalambos, Active Fenland’s Physical Activity Locality Co-ordinator (second from left) and Councillor Mark Buckton, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People (third from right). (5863316)

More than 60 volunteers from over 20 volunteer groups attended a special thank you event at the Wisbech Institute, which was organised by Fenland District Council’s Active Fenland team to celebrate International Volunteer Day.

College of West Anglia beauty student Meghan McCourt pampers one of the event’s youngest guests. (5863319)
College of West Anglia beauty student Meghan McCourt pampers one of the event’s youngest guests. (5863319)

Organiser Pearl Charalambos, Active Fenland’s Physical Activity Locality Co-ordinator, said: “The day was about thanking our volunteers and volunteer organisations for everything they do in Fenland, and giving them an opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution they make to their communities.”

The event included a buffet, with hot soup and rolls, beauty treatments from the College of West Anglia beauty students, arts and crafts, Active Fenland games and activities and a free raffle with lots of prizes up for grabs.

Wisbech mayor Peter Human, who attended the celebration with mayoress Janet Tanfield, said there were a number of volunteers in Wisbech who give up their time to make a huge difference to so many people’s lives.

Wisbech Mayor Peter Human (right) joins in the arts and crafts with Red Barn Creative. (5863321)
Wisbech Mayor Peter Human (right) joins in the arts and crafts with Red Barn Creative. (5863321)

In a speech, he paid particular tribute to volunteers at The Queen Mary Centre, Rosmini Centre and Oasis Centre for the work they do to assist others, as well as volunteers at the Wisbech branch of the Royal British Legion, who helped raise £30,000 in the town through

this year’s Poppy Appeal.

He also praised Wisbech Museum volunteers, the town’s Vivian Fire Engine Trust and Wisbech In Bloom volunteers, who triumphed at this year’s Britain In Bloom and Anglia In Bloom awards and were, he said, a “credit to the town”.

Chris Stevens, manager of The Oasis Centre, Wisbech, serves up some delicious soup. (5863323)
Chris Stevens, manager of The Oasis Centre, Wisbech, serves up some delicious soup. (5863323)

He added: “If it was not for the generosity of volunteers giving up their valuable time, the world would be a much sorrier place.”

Councillor Mark Buckton, Fenland's portfolio holder for leisure and young people, who also attended the event, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our communities. Every day you can see and hear about their dedicated efforts across Fenland, helping others and

making Fenland a better place to be.

“But the benefits of volunteering are not confined to local organisations and the wider society. Volunteering can also have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing and is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It can help people to gain new skills, confidence and experiences, meet new people and make new friends. Great volunteers play a key role in creating great communities.”



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