Mary Blewett, Haven House Children's Hospice volunteer, Dame Barbara Windsor DBE, Violet Pace and Scott Roberts, Haven House's PR & Celebrity Manager.

Dame Barbara Windsor thanks Redbridge's longest-serving volunteer

17 January 2017

Haven House Children’s Hospice’s longest-serving volunteer, Violet Pace, came to City Hall last week to receive her Team London Award from Dame Dame Barbara Windsor. 

At 86 years old, it is hard to calculate the number of hours Violet has volunteered over the past 14 years for Haven House Children’s Hospice. Violet carries out a number of roles in fundraising, events and helps with finance too. Her main role is to count the money raised by buckets and the charity collection boxes although she is also often out doing collections herself.  

Dame Barbara Windsor, an ambassador for Team London, presented Violet with her award and spoke about the important work that volunteers undertake in their spare time.

Team London volunteers put an incredible amount of time, energy and care into projects that make our great city an even better place. I love being part of Team London and am delighted to be able to meet so many worthy recipients of this year’s awards. Dame Barbara Windsor.

Violet has been volunteering at Haven House from the very beginning and long before the hospice opened its doors at its current home, The White House, in Woodford Green in 2003.

It was wonderful to meet Dame Barbara Windsor at City Hall and she’s such a lovely person. I really enjoyed chatting to her over coffee and biscuits about Haven House and east end life. I’m so grateful to Dame Barbara and Team London for all of their kindness. Violet Pace. 

The Team London Awards are Mayor Sadiq Khan’s way of recognising the voluntary work of people who help to make the city’s communities stronger and more cohesive. Each year, 26 awards are presented to Londoners who give up their own time to make the city a better place and to help improve the life of those around them.

The work volunteers do every day to improve the lives of their fellow Londoners is inspiring. It’s very important that we recognise those who go above and beyond their call of duty to make London a better place." Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. 


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