Mum, grandma and great grandma, Una Green, was thrown the party that she deserves after completing over 20 years of charity work in Watford.
Una Green’s family held a surprise celebration bash for the 88-year-old charity worker, after she left Age UK’s North Watford shop to carry on her work at Keech Hospice in Garston.
Her granddaughter, Julie Fear, said: “We threw the party because we feel her amazing work needs to be acknowledged and celebrated.
“She worked at Age UK for 20 years, on the tills and marking prices and things like that, and she treated it like a job. She would work when she shouldn’t, like when she was ill or tired, she has her little issues but she’ll work through it all. She didn’t want to let them down.”
When the bus Una got from her home to the Age UK shop stopped running last summer, it could have been the ideal time for her to stop working and relax.
Instead, she transferred to Keech Hospice in Garston to continue her volunteering.
Julie said: “She didn’t even consider stopping, and she never ever wants to. Keech is a five-minute walk from her, she works half days three times a week and she absolutely loves it. She’s not like most women who are happy to sit in front of the telly, she wants to keep busy and keep helping people.”
Una’s fantastic charity record began when she lost her husband two decades ago.
Julie commented: “She lost her husband and decided her way of coping would be to keep incredibly busy. She joined the charity shop and she loved it, and never stopped.
“She really is just a lovely person, always happy and always with her family when she’s not working. We’re so proud of her.”