BERNARD Spilsbury and his wife Mary gathered alongside committee members and volunteers of the Friends of Burnham-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital last week, to mark his retirement after 20 years’ service to the charity.

Bernie has worked tirelessly over the years to organise events and raise funds for the benefit of the hospital, its patients and staff.

Ably assisted by a pro-active committee and team of volunteers, Bernie has successfully funded several major pieces of equipment for the hospital, together with an extensive refurbishment programme.

Patients continue to benefit from the provision of newspapers and other comforts provided by the Friends to help make their stay as pleasant as possible.

To mark the occasion of his retirement, Bernie was presented with a gift token to spend on his beloved garden, as well as a personalised, hand-crafted bird box.

His wife Mary, who has also worked tirelessly for the Friends, was given an orchid plant to show appreciation for her efforts.

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PRESENTATION: Ceri Joyce with Bernard and Mary Spilsbury

The newly appointed chairman, Ceri Joyce, said: “While Bernie has decided to retire from the committee, both he and Mary have agreed to join our volunteer pool to help and support the committee as and when needed.

"We are very pleased to have his continued involvement, albeit to a much lesser degree.”

For more information on joining as a friend or volunteer, or purchasing any of the Friends' bespoke crafted products, you can visit the charity's website here.