Anne Main thanks charity volunteers

4th December 2017

Anne Main held her annual Volunteers’ Thank You Party in Parliament. The event brings together charities and religious groups from across the constituency for a reception to honour the good work they do throughout the year.

‘I do this event every year to show my sincere thanks to all of you for the commitment and dedication that you bring to your organisations’, the St Albans MP said during the night’s proceedings. ‘You all contribute so much to our community and it is right that your efforts should be recognised as much as possible.’

Alison Jarvis of the Centre for Voluntary Service also spoke at the event. Ms Jarvis thanked the many volunteers that had gathered on the night and urged everyone to talk to one another and discuss their experiences of volunteering. Ms Jarvis also highlighted the networking benefits of the event and urged attendees to share ideas and even resources.

The volunteers were given a private tour of the House of Commons by the MP, including a visit to St Mary’s Undercroft - a rarely-seen gem underneath Westminster Hall.

The lucky winners of the raffle on the night were HACRO, a charity who work to look after and resettle offenders. Joanne Mackintosh and Justine Beal from HACRO were there to collect their ‘Tea and Tour’ prize. They were both ‘delighted’ to receive the prize and planned to use the event for their charity.

Anne said after the event, ‘I am so pleased that over 50 dedicated and charitable heroes from St Albans came along enjoyed their evening. The tour seemed to be very popular and I think the volunteers really enjoyed meeting and mingling with so many like-minded people.’

Gemma Evans, from Hemel Hempstead, was selected by Alzheimer’s Society in Hertfordshire to attend Anne’s volunteer thank you party.

She said: “I felt very privileged to be asked. I started volunteering for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my dad who died with Frontotemporal dementia in 2016 at the age of 62.

“I’ve taken part in the charity’s annual Memory Walk every year since dad was diagnosed at the age of 58. But this year I went all out and not only volunteered at the Watford Memory walk but participated in walks in London and Wales.

“Events such as this are great to help recognise volunteers and the contributions we make. We need to talk more openly about dementia and I am very happy to be involved with Alzheimer’s Society to help raise awareness.

“I spend a lot of time in St Albans so I definitely want to do more here to promote the charity.”

 

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