Royal invite for dedicated volunteer

Long-standing fundraiser and volunteer, Virginia Edwards, has been recognised for her services to the community with an invitation to attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Virginia, who has spent the past 25 years giving her time and energy to support our Hospices was joined by her husband David, at Buckingham Palace for the prestigious event, where volunteers from across the country enjoyed music, tea and cake in the presence of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout her time volunteering for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Virginia has taken part in sponsored swims, walks and held fundraising events at home. Having been involved from the outset when the Hospice for Woking was proposed in 1990, she obtained authority for door to door selling for the first Car Raffle and concentrated her efforts to develop this direct contact with the public through which she has raised around £12,000 annually. Virginia is now the longest serving voluntary fundraiser and regularly attends and supports many of our Hospices fundraising events.

Proudly stepping out in style, Virginia was delighted to take some time off from her busy schedule and enjoy the party at the Palace. “It was lovely, a very special day and it means so much to have been nominated. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are so important to the community and I have been able to raise over £275,000 so far, which I am incredibly proud of and it’s really nice to have that recognised.”

Many people in the community Virginia is seen as their link with the Hospices and her efforts are greatly admired. She has brought forth many other volunteers and raised an exceptional amount of money. Her commitment to fundraising for us has been very inspiring and we are therefore very pleased that she has had a chance to be rewarded for all her efforts.

You can find out more about volunteering by contacting out Volunteer Services Manager, Mary Morgan on 01483 881750, send an email, or read more here.