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It was a double celebration for Palmerston North volunteer Claire Morris last night.
She was one of six people honoured with a civic award, and it was her 75th birthday.
Mrs Morris has been involved in the Girl Guide movement for 25 years, and it was at a Trefoil Guild meeting that she put her hand up 16 years ago to help at the Palmerston North Hospital pool with therapy for stroke patients.
Her involvement led on to helping with games, social afternoons and outings, driving
and even sharing her garden produce.
Mrs Morris said she continued because of the great pleasure she received from watching people's improvement.
The awards were presented by Mayor Jono Naylor, who thanked them for their selfless efforts over many years.
The others honoured were Anne A'Court, for her work with St John and several other organisations; Meriam Findlay, for her work with the Filipino community, new migrants, abused women and Street Van; Margaret Gregory, for her contributions to Lions, Camp Quality, and the Hokowhitu community; Barry Gush, for services to lawn bowls as a competitor, coach and fundraiser for Arohanui Hospice; and Leith Rowe, for her commitment to the welfare of RSA members through fundraising, committee work and home and hospital visiting.