Volunteers who support other people in Cheshire West were thanked for their good works at an event at Chester Racecourse on Wednesday 14th March.
Over 200 people attended the event which celebrated volunteer activities and provided those in attendance with an opportunity to try taster sessions from bird box making and knit and natter to create a song in seconds.
The celebration was organised and hosted by a partnership group comprising Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Voluntary Action, Brightlife and Vivo.
Entertainment was provided by Chester Rock Choir and Chester Training Band.
Speaking at the event, lord mayor of Chester Cllr Razia Daniels said: “It is amazing to think that in our everyday lives there are volunteers all around us.
“Volunteers quite simply support us in everything, she added, “whether you know it or not, volunteers help shape all our lives and I would like to simply say thank you to all the volunteers.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cllr Louise Gittins also thanked the volunteers for the important role they play in people’s lives.
She said: “I personally want to thank each and every one of you for the volunteering hours you give and for the massive contribution you make to the people and causes you support.”
Dan Batten (a volunteer for Chester Aid To The Homeless) also spoke at the event. He discussed the power of volunteering and the positive impact it has had on his life.
Across the borough there are hundreds of volunteering opportunities. To find out more about volunteering in the area, please visit: www.volunteeringwestcheshire.org.uk
AMENDMENT: an earlier version of this article omitted comments from Cllr Gittins, this mistake has now been corrected with our apologies to Cllr Gittins for the error.