Today we said goodbye as a staff to the wonderful Val Pocock. For nearly 16 years Val has been one of our amazing receptionists, and she is now starting a well deserved retirement. To be honest I don't think it will be long before she's back volunteering in a variety of different roles, but hopefully for at least a few weeks Val will enjoy not having to get up quite so early every day!
Val has seen incredible changes since she first came on staff. Initially most people coming into reception were coming in to use the bookshop. Now that has been more than replaced by the hordes coming in for Sparklers, Foodbank, CAP, Crisis Intervention and for many others reasons. Through it all Val has been brilliant at making everyone coming in or phoning feel valued, welcomed and connecting them with the right person. She will be greatly missed.
Next time you see Val please thank her for her years of service and congratulate her on her retirement!