Staff and visitors to Church House in Whitby have said a fond farewell to volunteer receptionist Barbara Leach.
Barbara (84) has retired after working as a valued volunteer for local community organisation Seachange. She had worked on reception at Church House each Monday and Friday for 14 years. Barbara had also done voluntary work with Caring Together for 17 years.
As she was presented with flowers and gifts to mark her retirement, Barbara said: “I loved my time at Church House. It gave me the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and do something worthwhile helping others.”
Seachange Business Development Manager, Andrew Steel, paid tribute to Barbara’s outstanding contribution:
“Come rain or shine, Barbara was always present every Monday and Friday and became a familiar and well-liked figure at Church House.
“Barbara worked tirelessly assisting visitors to the building and the organisations within. She will be sorely missed and on behalf of Seachange I’d like to thank her for all the help and support she has given to Church House over the years.”
Church House provides a friendly environment where voluntary and community groups like Caring Together, Citizens Advice Bureau, Good Neighbours Community Transport, Lobster Pot Crèche and Whitby Disablement Action Group have grown and thrived over the years.