Volunteers are praised for their commitment

AMONG FRIENDS: Lily Chaplin and Audrey Wardman, front row, centre, with The Christopher Centre's manager Jean Coe, chairman Robin Hodgkinson and a group of family, friends and colleagues.
AMONG FRIENDS: Lily Chaplin and Audrey Wardman, front row, centre, with The Christopher Centre's manager Jean Coe, chairman Robin Hodgkinson and a group of family, friends and colleagues.
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TWO devoted volunteers at a Sudbury charity were thanked for their loyal service with a celebration on Friday.

Audrey Wardman and Lily Chaplin, who are both in their 80s, have been working as receptionists at The Christopher Centre in Gainsborough Street since it was founded by Audrey’s late husband John in 1994.

A group of around 30 family members, colleagues and friends gathered at the centre, which provides office space and facilities for local charities and community groups, to celebrate the pair’s 18 years there.

Mrs Chaplin, of Great Cornard, said: “I have grown with this place and really enjoyed being here.”

Mrs Wardman, of Meadow Lane, Sudbury, added: “It has been wonderful coming here every Tuesday. The atmosphere is so special.”

Both women are scaling back their involvement but retaining an interest with occasional volunteering and help where necessary.

Centre manager Jean Coe expressed her appreciation for their efforts at the former pub, which was bought by Sudbury Common Lands Charity and converted for its current use.

“They have both been here a long time and we just want to thank them for their support and commitment over the years,” she said.

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