A VOLUNTEER at Darlington Memorial Hospital has received a prestigious award for her service to the community.

Christine Lunn, who volunteers at The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital, was awarded the Order of Mercy by The League of Mercy in London for her volunteering work in Darlington.

Mrs Lunn has been volunteering with The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital for more than a decade – having started as a driver for the organisation she is now the secretary.

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Along with this work Mrs Lunn continues to volunteer for Inner Wheel in Darlington.

The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House in the City of London, where the Sheriff of the City and many other notable guests were in attendance.

The RT Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy, said: “Christine Lunn has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others.

“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.”

The League of Mercy was created to recognise the work of volunteers in communities and hospitals in 1899 by King Edward VII, who at the time was the Prince of Wales.