Thank you George

Staff and volunteers at Alice House thanked a much-loved volunteer who has cared for the Hospice gardens for nearly 20 years.

George Newbury, who is well known in the local community, started volunteering for Alice House after his late wife Joyce was under their care in 2004.

He’s really popular with all staff and volunteers and everyone knows his friendly face; it’s always a pleasure to be in George’s company.

George spent much of his time looking after the Hospice gardens, ensuring they were well maintained and providing patients and visitors with a picturesque and peaceful outdoor space.

George is now officially stepping down from gardening duties, but will continue to give his time to the various fundraising activities in which he has been involved.
To commemorate George’s massive contribution, he was recently presented with a special award from staff members, to show their appreciation.

Communications Senior Manager, Greg Hildreth said“I have worked with George since I started at Alice House and his help and kindness have been a constant over the years. In addition to keeping the gardens looking lovely, he has volunteered at, or supported so many different events including the Moonlight Walk, Santa Fun Run, Trees of Remembrance and our Beer Festival.

We are all really glad that whilst George’s gardening duties are now over, he will still be working with us when we are able to resume our regular fundraising activities. As for his gardening work, he has given so much time, effort and dedication, leaving big shoes to fill.

He’s really popular with all staff and volunteers and everyone knows his friendly face; it’s always a pleasure to be in George’s company.”

George’s family are proud of his work and sent the following message from his daughters Joanne and Claire and grandchildren Rosie and Harry: “Dad’s volunteering at our lovely Hospice has been very rewarding, worthwhile and positive: his way of saying Thank You. We are all so very proud of the work he has contributed to the Hospice over the last 20 years, and know he is looking forward to continuing his support in many more Hospice events.”

George said “It all started with me repaying the Hospice for the comfort they gave my wife Joyce when she received aromatherapy about seventeen years ago.

It worked both ways because it gave me a focus during a particularly difficult time in my life. It has been particularly rewarding to make a difference to the gardens and especially when patients have commented on this and thanked me. I am also grateful to the Bistro staff who have kept me sustained over the years whilst working with them.

Although I have stepped down from my gardening role, I will continue to support Alice House by volunteering to support their fundraising.”

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