Volunteer driver helps Ferryhill charity mark its 20th anniversary

The Advertiser Series: SPECIAL DAY: Long standing volunteer driver Mike Pennack, left, home care assistant Anne Foster and management committee member Brian Meek celebrate a charity's 20th anniversary SPECIAL DAY: Long standing volunteer driver Mike Pennack, left, home care assistant Anne Foster and management committee member Brian Meek celebrate a charity's 20th anniversary

A VOLUNTEER driver who has carried people across County Durham since 1994 has helped a charity mark its 20th anniversary.

The Social Resource Centre, in Ferryhill, celebrated its birthday with a fundraising strawberry tea in aid of Breast Cancer UK today (Friday, June 13).

Based on the Dean and Chapter Industrial Estate, the charity attracted current and former volunteers and staff members to its party.

Amongst them was volunteer driver Mike Pennack who has helped out at the charity since it began in a small office in Ferryhill.

Donna Campbell, a home care co-ordinator at the centre, said: “It was a brilliant celebration and we had lots of visitors and everything went well.

“There were fun games including a tombola, guess the name of the doll and how many sweets are in the jar. We’re not sure how much was raised for the charity.”

The resource centre offers a range of services including home care where carers visit client’s homes to help prepare meals, do shopping, clean or help people into bed.

It has more than 150 volunteer drivers spread across the area who transport clients with mobility or health issues to reach locations such as school or hospital.

The anniversary tea was held at Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute, on St Cuthbert’s Terrace, in Ferryhill.

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