Albert is honoured for 22 years’ service

A Whitley Bay man has been honoured with a long service medal to mark 22 years’ service to a local hospice.

Albert Whiting, who is also a trustee of several local charities including Angels of the North, was presented with the award by St Oswald’s Hospice chief executive James Ellam.

He said: “The ratio of volunteers to staff at the hospice is more than four to one, which highlights the integral role of volunteers at St Oswald’s.

“Without their support, we could not provide the services we do and our volunteers provide a vital link to the communities we serve and are our ambassadors.”

Mr Whiting added: “I derive great pleasure from fundraising for St Oswald’s where annual running costs now exceed £10m, of which over £6.600m has to be raised through voluntary giving.

“This equates to over £550,000 each and every month during the year, a truly challenging target.”