Volunteer Maureen recognised by Prince Charles for 20 years service at Cheltenham General Hospital
GRANDMOTHER Maureen Molloy has been given a certificate signed by Prince Charles for her 20 years of volunteering at Cheltenham General Hospital.
The 83-year-old, who lives in Leckhampton, was presented with a diamond pin and a certificate signed by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Bristol.
Volunteering service WRVS chose Maureen as one of 60 Diamond Champions – out of 4,500 nominees – who received awards for her loyal service at the coffee shop in the hospital.
She was nominated by a fellow volunteer at the hospital who had noticed her hard work in the coffee shop, where she helps two days a week, and efforts to cheer up customers visiting family or friends.
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Maureen said: "I was very surprised to be chosen out of 4,500 people. I feel very proud to have been picked.
"I volunteer because I like to help people in any way I can, but I never expected to get anything for it."
This is not the first time mum-of-three Maureen has been recognised for her contribution to good causes.
The retired caterer has received hundreds of letters of thanks over the years from both individuals and charities which she has raised money for.
Maureen ran a country and western dance club in Cheltenham for 45 years until 2010, and raised around £50,000 for various charities and good causes through fundraising events over the years.
This includes Cirencester Hospital, the Headway Cotswold Trust, Cancer Research UK, and of course Cheltenham General Hospital.
The Dublin native, who moved to Leckhampton more than 60 years ago, said: "I have given money to all the kinds of charities I can think of.
"Cancer, the blind, dogs – I have raised money to help them all."
"There are such a lot of people that need help or treatment – that's why I do it."
Despite the recognition, Maureen says she has no plans to stop volunteering at the hospital any time soon.
She said: "There's a great bunch of volunteers at the hospital and I love to help, so I'll keep on going as long as I can."