Remembering Audrey Holland — 52 years of volunteering

27 May 2015

Staff at The Grove have celebrated the life of Audrey Holland, who sadly passed away in April. Audrey volunteered at the service for 52 years.

Friends, family and colleagues from The Grove joined together to remember her life at an event last week.

Audrey was the longest serving volunteer at the service and most recently gave her time to supporting a resident one-to-one. She was encouraged to join the service by her late husband Eric in 1962, soon after it opened.

She quickly became a central part of the centre, serving on the management committee and as chairman, and picking up awards for her tireless care.

In 2007, Audrey was awarded the League of Mercy medal, presented at a ceremony at Mansion House London, for her service to The Grove.

In 2012 Audrey celebrated 50 years of service (pictured above) and last year she attended the reception at St James's Palace hosted by our patron, Her Majesty the Queen.

Those who knew her have described her as a ‘lovely lady’ and ‘one of those lovely people who lightened the room when she was there’.

Even aged 91, Mrs Holland was a confident driver, took an interest in politics and often used her mobile phone to text her nine grandchildren and seven-great grandchildren!

‘Audrey was a truly wonderful lady who was so highly thought of at The Grove, we will all miss her elegance, grace and, most of all, her company over the 52 years of her volunteering.’ — Johanna Paul, service manager

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