A NATIONAL charity has said thank you to a Staffordshire Moorlands volunteer as part of a special award initiative.
NSPCC has hailed its 'Volunteer Heroes' including Susan Wardle, pictured above right, from Consall, near Leek.
Susan, aged 61 and a retired teacher, has been volunteering her time to support the children's charity as chairman of the Leek and Moorlands NSPCC Fund-raising Committee with 25 local ladies.
She is one of more than 10,000 people nationally who undertake a wide range of activities on behalf of the charity.
She said: "I decided to volunteer with the NSPCC once I found out more information about the work of the charity. I felt it was right for me to join and try to make a difference in some way.
"Neglect and abuse of children horrifies me and as an ex-teacher I feel the NSPCC has the right approach in actively helping, but also trying to educate, future generations of children to help stop abuse and cruelty.
"I am flattered to be nominated as a Volunteer Hero.
"But for me the officers and members of our NSPCC local committee are my heroines.
"They work very hard and accurately to make sure everything runs smoothly but never every seek the limelight.
"I enjoy working with everyone who are such different characters, yet somehow they all pull together to make an event work to support the NSPCC.
"We have a bedrock of solid support from local people who are exceedingly generous, but we would welcome extra help.
"Carole House in Stoke-on-Trent helps hundreds of local children a year from this area and are always in need of funds."
Sarah Williams, NSPCC Community Fund-raising Manager for the West Midlands said: "Our volunteers really are heroes to us and, more importantly, to the children that we work to protect.
"So we wanted to celebrate them and the fantastic things that they do to make our work with vulnerable children possible.
"The support of our fund-raising volunteers like Sue and the other committee members in Staffordshire has been invaluable and we would like to appeal to other local people to become NSPCC volunteers."
Sarah is keen to hear from budding volunteers across Staffordshire. She added: "Whether you can spare an hour a week, or just one day to help the NSPCC, we would love to hear from you.
"We have numerous volunteering opportunities, ranging from helping at a collection in your local shopping centre or joining a local fund-raising committee, to taking part in the London Marathon, or becoming one of our ChildLine Schools Service volunteers, or even becoming a volunteer driver at one of our centres – however you can help, please do get in touch."
To find out more about the range of volunteering opportunities for the NSPCC locally, visit nspcc.org.uk/get involved or call 0115 920 3711 for fund-raising queries or 0844 8940215 for ChildLine volunteering queries.