Celebrating many vital years of service to The Norfolk Hospice.

Volunteers with The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, have been celebrated at a special jubilee-themed thank you event.

The annual event is an opportunity to invite volunteers from all areas of the hospice to celebrate their achievements and to see how their volunteering supports the Hillington-based independent charity.

More than 100 guests attended Knight’s Hill Hotel and Spa, which donated the use of its event space free of charge.

Guests listened to talks from Nicola Ellis, new chief executive at The Norfolk Hospice and Nicky Crown from King’s Lynn’s WhataHoot distillery, which has a special edition gin, proceeds of which help the hospice.

The event also featured an awards ceremony presented by Tim How, the hospice’s trustees chairperson.

A total of 39 volunteers received volunteering long-service awards, which are awarded for every five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. 

Fundraising volunteer Vanessa Blythe and gardening volunteer Marianne Charles both received specially designed 20-year awards at the event.

Guests were treated to afternoon tea and music by Rhythm Travellers which consists of volunteer receptionist Julie Bones and her husband Bob. 

Guests were also encouraged to wear red, white and blue in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and each volunteer received a mint plant as a token of thanks.

Rebecca Walls, voluntary services manager at The Norfolk Hospice, said: “Our annual volunteer thank you event is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution our volunteers make.

“The Norfolk Hospice has more than 300 volunteers who donate approximately 55,000 hours of their time each year, supporting all departments of the Hospice. 

“We couldn’t do what we do without them and their hard work is crucial in delivering our vital care in the local community.”