Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Harpenden voluntary worker, Dorothy Mills, played a star role at the national celebration of volunteering organised by the All Party Parliament Group on Voluntary Sector and Charities at Westminster on Tuesday 21st June. Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, who had nominated her as a local ?volunteering heroine? was asked to interview her on her voluntary work before an audience of fellow volunteers selected from every constituency in the country. Explaining how she loved to bring friendship and company to other people, Dorothy won the praise of Lady (Betty) Boothroyd ? the former Speaker ? for expressing the attitudes which make the best volunteers.

    Peter Lilley said: “Dorothy stole the show. Neither of us realised beforehand that we would have to do an impromptu interview about the role of volunteers before an audience of MPs, peers and leaders of national voluntary organisations. But Dorothy drew on her experience ? which ranges from twice being Mayor of Harpenden to coordinating Harpenden Day Centre and organising meals on wheels for 15 years ? to enthuse her distinguished audience to find more people to follow her example.

    Hitchin and Harpenden is fortunate in having a wealth of volunteers (though never enough) and I nominated Dorothy Mills for this award because she exemplifies the spirit which motivates so many people in this area. They can be proud of the way she spoke about what they all do for the community.?