Award for the long serving Samaritans

John is pictured receiving his award from retiring director Pat Smallwood for more than 40 years of volunteering with the Samaritans
John is pictured receiving his award from retiring director Pat Smallwood for more than 40 years of volunteering with the Samaritans

LONG-serving volunteers at the Eastbourne and district branch of the Samaritans have been honoured for their dedication and service.

They were handed awards during the charity’s annual general meeting and among them were three long-serving volunteers who have clocked up 130 years between them.

Hugh Riddick helped found the Eastbourne branch of Samaritans in 1965, acted as its honorary solicitor and then as listening volunteer.

John and Ralph have been volunteers for more than 42 and 40 years respectively.

Retiring director Pat Smallwood handed out 39 long-service certificates representing more than 600 years of service to the Samaritans and listening to people in distress.

In thanking her colleagues for their support, Pat said there are now 106 volunteers, a record number for the branch. She also welcomed her successor Guy Weller and wished him success in taking the branch forward.