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High praise for helping hands.

VOLUNTEERS trying to make the lives of older people in need have been awarded with medals marking their years of dedication.

Ladies from the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) attended the ceremony at South Shields Town Hall where they collected their long-service awards.

The charity workers have more than 90 years service between them.

The Mayor, Coun Eileen Leask, presented the medals with Mayoress, Coun Olive Punchion.

She said: "I was delighted to award these ladies their medals, which are thoroughly deserved.

"I think what the WRVS does is absolutely wonderful. My own mother volunteered with them for years, doing the meals on wheels.

"The volunteers give up their own time to provide an invaluable service supporting older people."

The WRVS was set up in 1938 by Stella Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading, to help civilians and the organisation played a key role in the evacuation of civilians from Blitz-hit cities during World War II.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2012
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