Volunteer Appreciation Award certificates were presented to volunteers at Age Concern (Andover & District) by Sir George Young, and by the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Hibberd.
"In these challenges economic times, more and more people are turning to voluntary organisations such as Age Concern for help and advice. But those same challenging circumstances make it more difficult for local charities to raise funds. I want to congratulate Age Concern on providing such a wide range of services; this is possible because of the strong leadership given by the chairman, Gabrielle Preedy, by the chief executive Susie Thornely, and by the trustees. But they wouldn't be able to do very much without all the volunteers, who give their time for nothing. I want to pay tribute to them for what they do".
Sir George then presented a certificate to George Fox, one of the Age Concern volunteers, who flew with Bomber Command in the Second World War.
"Chatting to the volunteers after the presentation, I realised how lucky we are in Andover to have so many people giving their time to help others". I was delighted to hear of the £28,000 grant to extend the service to the villages that surround the town".
Age Concern's advice and information centre is open five mornings a week Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 12.30pm at Town Mill House in Andover.