Dedication recognised

Christine seen here with Barnardo's shop manager Sylvia Anderson.
Christine seen here with Barnardo's shop manager Sylvia Anderson.

A volunteer from Queensferry has received a service award in recognition of her support for vulnerable children.

Christine Smith started volunteering at the Barnardo’s Scotland shop in the town as she wanted to ‘do her bit’ for the local community.

The grandmother of 10 has donated well in excess of 1000 hours of her own time to help the charity, sorting donated stock and serving the customers.

To mark Christine’s hours of dedication, and to coincide with national Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), she received a certificate and a bouquet of flowers from shop manager Sylvia Anderson last week.

Although a part-time restaurant manager with three children of her own and 10 grandchildren, Christine still felt she had some free time on her hands.

Christine volunteers in the shop on Tuesdays and in the neighbouring donation centre on Thursdays.

She has undertaken stock checking, steaming, dressing the window, working on the till and serving customers.

She said said: “I’ve very much enjoyed working in the shop from the beginning. I like the company and being with different people.

‘‘We are lucky to have a small but friendly team of staff and volunteers and I’ve got to know so many people!

“One of my favourite parts of the role is sorting through donations and organising the stock – the locals are very generous and we get some great things.”

Shop manager Sylvia Anderson, said: “Christine has made such a valuable contribution to the success of the shop since she started with us; she’s been very generous with her support and is a great volunteer.

‘‘It’s an absolute pleasure to work alongside her.”

“The charity simply couldn’t run their shops without the support of our volunteers.’’