VOLUNTEERS from across North Wales are among the 114 incredible people who have just been presented with long service awards by Hope House children’s hospices.

The charity has more than 600 volunteers who regularly give their time to help out in its charity shops, at fundraising events and as part of the Friends Group network, and at the charity’s two hospices: Tŷ Gobaith in Conwy and Hope House in Oswestry.

This year, two special ceremonies were held at Tŷ Gobaith and Hope House to present the awards which ranged from three to 25 years. After hearing from senior staff about the impact their volunteering has on the children and families who rely on the hospice services, the volunteers were given behind the scenes tours.

Andy Goldsmith chief executive told the gathered guests: “Time is the most precious commodity. By choosing to give your time to Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith you make it possible for us to raise the money needed to support and care for local children with life-threatening conditions. We cannot thank you enough for your gift of time.”

Awards were made to: Abergele Friends Group, Jackie Tetlow; Bangor Shop, Thomas Kirkham; Denbigh Shop, Margaret Raba, Maelon Rogers, Phillip Smith, Jean Stonebridge and Rhian Williams; Llandudno Shop, Elly Heyes, Janel Daniels, Jean Baybutt, Lyn Huggins and Karen Higgins; Llyn Peninsula Friends Group: Laura Wyn Roberts, Marian Williams, Brenda and Berwyn Williams, Anna Jones, Janet Hughes, and Jean Griffith, Margaret Roberts, Carol Jones, Doris Jones, Myfanwy Humphreys and Angharad Chidley Willliams, Irene Larkey, Dwynwen Jones, Cath Hughes and Janice Hughes; Ruthin Friends Group, Edna Williams, Morfydd Williams and Eleanor Pugh and Gruff Richards, Tywyn Friends Group: Gill Ray, Marie and Richie Owens and Catherine Evans.