100 years of dedicated service

  |  Published: Jun 27th 2015
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4 volunteers from Calibre Audio Library who between them have given a combined 100 years of service, have been honoured with a special “Thank-you” by the former Children’s Laureate and previous winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, Anne Fine OBE.  

The author of Google-Eyes and Madame Doubtfire (on which the Robin Williams’ Hollywood film was based) is a patron of Calibre Audio Library, which provides audio books for visually impaired people. She presented luxury hampers with long service badges to volunteers: Wendover-based Eileen Cullen (40 years); Janet Cox and Jean Reeve (20years). Jon Barnes, who also lives in Wendover, and has given 20 years will receive his gift at a later date.

Bob Duggan and Wendy Gray from the Wendover-based Lionel Abel-Smith Trust also attended the party.

Anne commenting on their volunteering role: “It is all so worthwhile. Books provide comfort, information, pleasure and enchantment, and for many, many people, there is no greater frustration than being unable to read, or having nothing new to read. Calibre does a marvellous job of making sure that the range of books recorded mirrors the wide range of reading ages and reading interests.”

Calibre Audio Library director, Michael Lewington said:

“We are deeply indebted to these wonderful volunteers who have given so much of their time over the years. The work they undertake for our charity is invaluable.”

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