DEDICATED volunteers have received awards for their service to patients at St Luke's Hospital, Crosland Moor.

Twelve members of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service received long-service awards. They are among 16 WRVS volunteers who operate the trolley refreshment service for patients.

When the service started 50 years ago there was a shop stand and two trolley services serving 12 wards. But now there are just four wards and less demand for the `trolley dollies'.

The presentation marked the last day of the trolley service at St Luke's. With the hospital's impending closure the WRVS has decided to call it a day.

Muriel Sandford, volunteer project manager, said: "We have all really enjoyed going round the wards, because you get to talk to the patients. Those who didn't get many visitors appreciated it.

"We hope to give our services at other WRVS projects."

Mrs Sandford, of Lindley, has been project manager for the service at St Luke's for more 20 years.

She received a special award from the WRVS South and West Yorkshire territory manager Sandra Leivers (front). A special award was also presented to voluntary treasurer Kath Hurst.

Awards for 15 years' service went to Mabel Lindley and Margaret Jackson. Awards for 10 years' service went to Josie Bairstow, Marlene Pownall, Molly Starr, Betty Chadwick, Beryl Woodhouse, Margaret Roberts and Evelyn Robinson.

Awards for five years' service went to Elma Tandy, Ann Buckley and Sue Hamer.