Charity stalwarts step down

Shirley Sneddon and Ruth Warwick.
Shirley Sneddon and Ruth Warwick.
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TWO hard-working volunteers at a Northallerton charity shop have stepped down after many years of service.

Ruth Warwick, who was chairman of the Northallerton Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research for 10 years and treasurer for 14 years, and Shirley Sneddon, secretary for 10 years, were both presented with gifts to mark their departure.

Ruth, who moved to Northallerton from Scarborough following her retirement, first joined the committee after attending a coffee morning organised by previous secretary, Pam Vasey.

She said: “They were looking for people to open the shop on a Tuesday, and it all went from there!

“I enjoyed knowing that I was doing something towards a cure for cancer, that I was doing a worthwhile job. I also enjoyed meeting people in the shop and using the skills I had from when I was working.”

Ruth, 79, now plans to spend her time organising social activities for her neighbours at the retirement complex she lives in, and continuing to knit fisherman’s sweaters for sale in Flamborough.

Sally Crerar, Head of Community Fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “I would like to thank both Ruth and Shirley for their hard work over many years. Ruth introduced tombolas, raffles and Yorkshire tea day events at the shop which were a great success. They both had very responsible roles.

“Our shops are run entirely by volunteers and without their dedication we would not be able to fund our vital research, diagnosis and treatment projects throughout the county.”

Since its formation in 1966, the Northallerton committee has directly raised more than £300,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, with a further £400,000 raised as a result of their local campaigning.