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Volunteer celebrates 30 years in charity shop

Staff, volunteers, friends and family came together to surprise long-standing volunteer Glenis French at the Sandiacre-based Treetops Hospice Care charity shop where she has been volunteering for 30 years.

The celebration  was a complete surprise to Glenis, 83yrs, who started volunteering for Treetops in 1986, initially selling items from a small room based at the hospice in Risley. She moved to helping at the Sandicare shop on Derby Road when it opened three years later and has remained there ever since.

Glenis has become a familiar and well-loved face on a Thursday morning and was completely taken by surprise. She explained:

“This is simply amazing and I can’t take it all in. Thank you all so much and to my gorgeous family for coming down. I’ve really enjoyed coming here over the years and I’ve got to keep going!”

Dedication and commitment

Shirley Hobster, shop manager shared her thanks for Glenis’ incredible hard work:

“I want to say a personal thank you to Glenis for the dedication and commitment she has given to Treetops over the last 30 years and say how lovely it has been to share the last 10 with her. Whenever we are speaking of Glenis, if we are describing her, we always say she is a lady and always beautifully dressed. This is the way everyone recognizes who you are speaking about.

“Sometimes Glenis arrives having worked too hard in her garden and her back is aching. I say ‘Glenis, sit down’ and she says ‘no, it’s not right that you are sitting down in a shop, it doesn’t look right!’ That is Glenis all over”.

Contribution beyond price

Sara Mcluckie, retail manager for all 14 Treetops charity shops and the Nottingham Court cafes added:

“Glenis has done us proud and her contribution to our Sandiacre shop is beyond price. The turnout of family, friends, colleagues and customers to wish her well speaks for itself. Well done and thank you Glenis”.

The Sandiacre shop was left in a legacy to Treetops and has become a well-established shop for the local community.

Glenis’ length of service will be formally recognised by the charity with a special award at their AGM later this year.

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