A DEDICATED volunteer from Worcester has been honoured for her years of tireless work at a hospice in the city.

Monica Martin from Claines was awarded the Order of Mercy at a ceremony at London’s Mansion House on Monday, July 28 for her work with St Richard’s Hospice.

The 73-year-old, who carried the Olympic torch through Worcester in 2012 and has run the London Marathon for the charity three times, first volunteered for St Richard’s about ten years ago.

She regularly supports patients at the day hospice in Wildwood Drive and also works as a driver and escort on the charity’s minibus as well as carrying out administration work.

Mrs Martin said she had greatly enjoyed her work at the hospice and had no intention of stopping.

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it," she said.

Mrs Martin can also often be seen out and about collecting donations for the hospice, which provides free palliative care for people with life-threatening conditions and their families.

The charity’s chief executive Mark Jackson said he was “thrilled” Mrs Martin was had been awarded the honour.

“She is a fantastic supporter and very happy to help in so many areas,” he said.

“We really value her contribution to the volunteer team.”

President of the League of Mercy the Rt Hon Lord Lingfield described Mrs Martin’s work as “extraordinary”.

“She is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to her community and we were delighted to be able, on the recommendation of the charity, to make this well-deserved award,” he said.

The League of Mercy was created in 1899 by King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, the with the intention of recognising the work of volunteers and was refounded as a charity in 1999.

For more information on St Richard’s Hospice call 01905 763 963 or visit www.strichards.org.uk.