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Recognition for time well spent
10:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A harvest event celebrating the giving of voluntary time, rather than the giving of food, has been held in Marlborough.
School governors, Girl Guides, Link scheme drivers and fundraisers for Cancer Research UK and Mencap joined the Harvest of Volun-teers at St Mary’s Church.
Rev Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy said: “Harvest is about recognising the things we have got and to say thank you.
“There is a lot of voluntary work that goes on in the town.
“Imagine what life would be like in Marlborough if any one of them wasn’t there.”
Others present were representatives from Riding for the Disabled, the Jubilee Centre, St Peter’s Church, Home Start, Bruce Trust and Greatwood.
The Brandt Group, Transit-ion Marlborough, ARK, Youth Action Wiltshire, Arthritis Research UK, the Dyslexia Support Association and the bell ringers were also on hand to speak to visitors.
Mr Studdert-Kennedy said: “To fail to say thank you is to turn a gift into a possession.
“The volunteers were very keen to express how much pleasure and satisfaction they get from their voluntary work.
“However much they have to put into it, they always feel that they receive more in return.
“People who came to the harvest said how rewarding they found it.”
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