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Helen is a diamond after 38 years of helping others

HRH The Prince of Wales in Warkworth meets WRVS volunteers and Diamond Champion nominees: Neil Telfer and Helen Edes (from Rothbury).

HRH The Prince of Wales in Warkworth meets WRVS volunteers and Diamond Champion nominees: Neil Telfer and Helen Edes (from Rothbury).

A Rothbury woman has been recognised for nearly 40 years of volunteering to help other people.

Helen Edes has been given Diamond Champion status for her work with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), formerly Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS).

At 83 years old, Helen is still involved in the service and gives up her time once a month to help out at the community group which is held in the village.

Helen started out with the WRVS when she was asked to help by the parish priest.

She said: “The person who was doing it with them went to the priest and he volunteered me for it.

“I was asked to take a delivery, then make an order, then do the rotas and so on.

“It was very easy and I did it twice a week on my way to church.”

Helen’s dedication shows no bounds and she even stayed up until 3am one morning to do the accounts.

“I enjoyed it,” she said.

Helen is also a parish councillor and volunteers for her church.

Her nominee said: “Helen is a really special person and although she does an awful lot for other people, she never looks for praise or thanks, she just gets on quietly with the job.”

The RVS Diamond Champion status celebrates the work of older volunteers and the difference they make to the people they support through the service.

 

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