A quartet of Samaritans who’ve clocked up 173 years’ service between them were invited to the Houses of Parliament by Lord Bill McKenzie of Luton in recognition of their commitment and longevity.
Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans’ director Ian Franks said: “It was an excellent experience and we were treated like royalty. It also says volumes about our organisation and our four volunteers – Liz Ryan, Marilyn Gearing, Alan Davies and Tom Gillon – who’ve each served our community for more than 40 years.”
He added: “We were given a splendid tea before listening to debates on both sides of the house.
“Then we had a walk on the terrace and a drink in the Peers’ bar.”
Lord McKenzie said: “Samaritans do fantastic work supporting people who find themselves in difficult situations. I was especially impressed by the length of service of these volunteers and was delighted to host a little gathering to recognise their dedication.”
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