During the opening of the new Port Talbot centre last month, 80 year old Beryl Leyshon was presented with an award in recognition for her long-standing volunteering work.
Beryl has been volunteering at The Mission to Seafarers centre in Port Talbot for 63 years.
“I started volunteering at the centre in my early teens. We did kitchen work when the seamen were in, serving them food and drinks.
When I was got married I carried on volunteering and I’d bring my baby with me. I’m still volunteering now! It’s such as surprise to receive this award; it’s wonderful.
The new centre will make a tremendous difference to seafarers. They travel such a long way and are living in a small space and then arrive in a foreign country. They come to The Mission and see Alwyn, the centre manager, behind the counter and see a friendly face.”