A PAIR of unsung heroes who have clocked up 45 years of hospice service between them have been honoured for their commitment.

Joan Chundoo has been with Ardgowan Hospice for 25 years and Hermione MacLean has given up her time to help for 20 years.

Both have assisted behind the scenes in the catering side of the service but they were put in the spotlight this week when they enjoyed afternoon tea after being presented with their awards.

Joan said: "I came here from India and was a nurse but I left when I had my children and in between times I volunteered with the hospice.

"I work in the kitchen and I've enjoyed it very much.

"I like the company and looking after patients and working as part of a team."

"It's very appreciated to receive this award."

Hermione started volunteering before she retired and continued when she left her job.

She told the Tele: "It's good working with the girls here and I've made a lot of friends."

Bridget Maunders, facilities manager, says she cannot praise the pair highly enough.

She said: "They are both absolutely wonderful.

"They have been an amazing support to the hospice, the team and catering needs of the patients and their families over the years.

"They come in when we've needed them at the drop of a hat and have a made a huge difference to patients and their families.

"We couldn't provide a service without volunteers like Joan and Hermione."

The ladies, who are also part of the hospice choir, were two of 32 staff and volunteers recognised in a special long service awards ceremony held at the hospice.

Altogether they had clocked up 453 years of service between them.

Chief executive Linda McEnhill says one of the greatest gifts people can give a good cause like the hospice is their time.

She said: "The time given by volunteers has had great impact on a vast number of people."

Lynsey Young, volunteer service co-ordinator, added: "They are inspirational volunteers.

"It's amazing how these years add up.

"It's a joy to work with them."