Volunteer Ruth honoured at national level

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A Skegness woman who became a volunteer with a chancer charity after losing her dad to the disease has received a national award for her work in the community.

Ruth Meeds, 67, was honoured with a volunteer award from Macmillan Cancer Support at the charity’s Volunteers’ Award Conference in Manchester.

The event was held last weekend to mark the start of Volunteers’ Week.

Ruth is leader of the Macmillan Skegness Practical and Emotional Support Group, a team of volunteers who support people affected by cancer around Skegness and Mablethorpe.

The group provide a befriending service and also offer practical help in the home.

Ruth, who decided to start volunteering for Macmillan after her dad died from lung cancer, said: “I was very surprised to find out that I had won the award for lead volunteer work as I did not know awards were given to ordinary people.

“Volunteering means that I am able to give my time and support to people who need my help, even if it is just a chat or a simple task like hovering, it is important to them to have someone who cares for their wellbeing.”

To learn more about volunteering for the charity, call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteer