British Red Cross celebrates Lochgilphead volunteers

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An 89-year-old woman with 65 years’ service was among British Red Cross Shop volunteers honoured at a lunch in Lochgilphead.

Staff and friends gathered in Lochgilphead Community Centre to thank the volunteers of the Lochnell Street charity shop for all their hard work over the years.

This hard-working group kept the British Red Cross shop open for a year without any manager or any pay, showing their dedication to their community and charity.

Volunteers Mary McLauchlan, Jenny Campbell, Vicky Lyon, Agnes Glencross, Norma Weir, Ann Wilson, Susan Campbell and Dunena Stewart were rewarded for their efforts with a personalised gift, a certificate and a badge showing how many years they had served, with 89-year-old Jenny having reached an astounding 65 years.

Jenny was also featured on the cake, with a photograph of her in a ‘starchy’ uniform during the war printed on the side.

Shop manager Meg Jamieson said: ‘It was a wonderful day. I got a thank you card from the girls today and everyone had a good time.’

The British Red Cross thanks everyone who donated: Corina Charlwood Flower Shop, Tesco Express, The Sweetie Jar, the Co-op, Flowers by Morna, The Argyllshire Advertiser, The Stag Hotel, The Victoria Hotel, The Argyll Inn, The Smiddy Restaurant, The Key Store, Johnny Law, Casa Hairdressers, Tan Black Cakes and Demos, White House, The Steamer Terminal, The Spotty Dog Cafe, Cafe 35, The Square Peg, RS McColls, Riverside Filling Station, The Gift and Card Shop, The Bargain Zone, Lloyds Pharmacy, The Mail Box Post Office, The Rumblin’ Tum, ABC Bookshop, Breagha, Archway Gallery, Sei Bella Hairdressers, H D Ferguson and Son Butchers, Danny Ironmongers, Argyll Cafe, Crinan Cycles, Murray Smokehouse Products, R S Stovecraft, Icon Hairdressers, The Grey Gull Hotel, The Comm Bar, Mary’s Meals, The Argyll Arms Hotel, D and D Clothing and Premier Dry Cleaning.

The British Red Cross shop is always looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested in helping should pop in to the shop on Lochnell Street in Lochgilphead.