Diamond days as RVS marks 75 years in Deeside

Cutting the cake at the Banchory lodge
Cutting the cake at the Banchory lodge

Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) has celebrated its 75th anniversary with a presentation by Josephine Mill, Area Manager totwenty volunteers and staff who attended the event at Banchory Lodge Hotel.

They enjoyed meeting old and new friends and celebrating with a slice of anniversary cake and a cup of tea.

Pru Wilson who has been volunteering since 1972 cut the cake.

Founded as the Women’s Voluntary Services in 1938, the organisation was initially formed to help recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions movement, helping civilians during and after air raids by providing emergency rest centres, feeding, first aid, and assisting with the evacuation and billeting of children.

By 1943 the organisation had over one million volunteers and was involved in almost every aspect of wartime life from the collection of salvage to the knitting of socks and gloves for merchant seamen.

The charity has over 40,000 volunteers across the United Kingdom.

If you are interested in volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service in Aberdeenshire or would like to find out more about its services, please contact: 01467 626012 or email: aberdeenshirehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk