A volunteer at the Princess Alice Hospice shop in Surbiton has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Esme Mills celebrated her centenary among staff and customers with cake, balloons, a card from HM the Queen, and an interview for local television channel That’s Surrey TV. When asked by their reporter when she might stop working, she replied that the shop manager “would have to kick her out!”
Esme, whose husband was cared for by the hospice, has volunteered here since 1986, first at the Kingston shop, and for the last ten years in the Surbiton branch. She works every Thursday and says she enjoys meeting new people and being with the lovely staff, volunteers and customers in the shop.
Vanessa Hill, Volunteer Manager added:
“We are delighted to be celebrating Esme’s centenarian birthday with her, as well as honouring her amazing achievement of volunteering with the hospice for 32 years. Volunteering is fantastically rewarding and a great way to make an impact within the local community. Volunteers like Esme enable us to continue to deliver our vital specialist care and support, free of charge, to the people who need us.
“We have lots of volunteering roles in our shops, at the hospice and in the local community and we are always delighted to speak to people who are thinking about volunteering and would like to know more. There is something to suit everyone.”
For more information visit the Princess Alice Hospice website.