A DEDICATED volunteer has received a special award of recognition for giving 15 years service to a Uttoxeter charity for the disabled.
Ann Burton has been awarded a service certificate from Scope, the charity which provides support to disabled people and campaigns to change perceptions and provide opportunities for the disabled.
The 52-year-old (pictured) originally took on the role to develop work place skills and gain experience in a retail environment, while giving her time up to help others.
Mrs Burton said: “It was years ago that I first got into volunteering, when the jobs centre advised us to take on a role either at Scope or the PDSA to complete NVQs.
“The best thing about being a volunteer is getting to know the customers.
“It gets me out the house and helps develop skills.
“When I’m not at the shop, I’m job hunting.”
Manager Adele Homer told the Advertiser that during her 15 years Mrs Burton has covered at various other branches in Stafford, Buxton and Macclesfield.
She said: “The service certificate shows our appreciation for Ann’s period of service.
“In store at the moment we are promoting our brand new textiles collection bin which is out the back of the shop.
“Anyone with spare clothing they wish to recycle for a good cause should drop them off at the collection point.”
Scope’s mission statement is to make the country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
They provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year, raise awareness of issues affecting disabled people and drive change across society.
Those wishing to keep up to date with Scope Uttoxeter can find them on Facebook under Scope Uttoxeter Shop.