National award for Norwich church volunteer
A volunteer at a Salvation Army church in Norwich has received some well-deserved recognition after she won a national award.
Elizabeth Halford has volunteered at Norwich Mile Cross for the last five years and also helps out at countless other events. In recognition of this and her efforts elsewhere in the city, she won the 2021 Sean Coxhead Inspiring Individual award. She was given the award by Goodgym, a fitness group where people also help out their communities. Elizabeth attends the group in Norwich.
Elizabeth began volunteering at the Norwich Mile Cross branch of the church and charity after her daughter passed away in 2017.
She explained: “I read that staff were wanted in the local media.
I visited and it seemed a nice place with friendly people. I was retired and wanted to get into new groups. It was the first thing I had done since my daughter died.”
Elizabeth said she loves volunteering at The Salvation Army and said she has many happy memories of her time there. She urged anyone thinking of volunteering to join her at the church at Boundary Road.
She revealed: “My memories are our themed meals. We have dressed up and had an appropriate menu for days including Christmas, and VE Day. The members and staff enjoy it and we all have a lot of fun. Another memory is preparing and delivering meals during COVID. For some we were the only people they saw.
“I would say go along and see the place, meet the people and get a feel of things. If you are thinking about it, do it. I was embarrassed and shocked at receiving the award and I was humbled but it was nice to be thought of.”
Major Susan Robinson is one of the joint leaders at Norwich Mile Cross and said she was delighted Elizabeth won the award.
She said: “If anyone deserves it she does. She helps us at Christmas selling cards, she works at charity shop – she’s always busy doing something and will always support The Salvation Army. She works really hard and doesn’t do it for thanks or recognition. We’re so grateful for all she does.”
Picture by The Salvation Army: Elizabeth helps with gardening at The Salvation Army’s Mile Cross Church.