A CHARITABLE couple from Ellesmere Port are retiring after clocking up thousands of hours as volunteers in a charity shop.

Vic, 93, and Ruby Barnard, 85, have worked as volunteers at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd shop for the past 21 years, during which time they have walked to and from the premises in Whitby on a weekly basis and in all weathers.

Over the years the couple have seen many changes including a change of shop premises, new branding and a refurbishment. Some of their volunteer duties have included accepting bags of donated goods from supporters and serving customers in the shop.

Vic said: “We are sad to be leaving ‘work’ but as I am 93 and Ruby is 85 we thought it was about time we put our feet up and retired. We have enjoyed our time at the Whitby shop in particular chatting to the customers.”

Ruby added: “We will still keep in touch with the hospice but I think it is time for Vic and I to step down, I will miss everyone though.”

Hospice spokeswoman Amanda Le Bretton said: “On behalf of all the patients, staff and trustees we are so very grateful to Vic and Ruby for all their hard work and dedication over the past 21 years. It is so very kind of them to provide us with the precious gift of time.

“We wish them every future happiness in whatever they do as they have really helped to make a difference to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.”