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Mary's lifetime of work for the WRVS.

MARY Howard-Jones has dedicated more than 50 years to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

The 75-year-old grandmother of nine currently helps run 12 afternoon clubs for older people throughout South Wales as well as supporting other aspects of the WRVS.

Mary, who lives in Cefn Pennar, near Mountain Ash, also goes the extra mile to help fellow volunteers by conducting medal presentations and offering personal support.

The committed volunteer said she just enjoys knowing her work has made a difference.

She said: "A lot of people are quite lonely because they don't see their next door neighbours like they used to.

"I think the future of the WRVS now is looking further at how we can help the older population.

"I won't be here for another 70 years but I'm going to carry on as long as I can.

"I just love it because I love people. I'm a busy person and a busy person will always find the time to do things.

"Sometimes I forget that I'm not 30 anymore but I just couldn't be the sort of person to sit and do nothing."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 26, 2008
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