Frances gets just reward for gift of time

FRANCES Robinson is the region's top senior volunteer.

The Sandy Beach resident was presented with the award for Mid North Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre on November 12. These regional awards are open to volunteers from Coffs Harbour to Taree.

This morning she will line up at Sydney's Parliament House with 15 other regional winners for the presentation of the State Volunteers of the Year Awards.

Frances, who founded the Hope Bears Charity in 2001, remains the national co-ordinator of Hope Bears, which has now become an Australia-wide organisation of more than 4500 volunteers, with its headquarters at the Sandy Beach office.

Hope Bears volunteers provide support for oncology patients and children in hospital by knitting, sewing and crocheting toys and clothes, including the original and most popular Hope Bear, a knitted teddy with 'hope' written on its chest.

Frances became inspired to help cancer patients after she survived five heart attacks, a stroke and blocked arteries.

The charity is always looking for people to join as volunteers to knit, sew and crochet.

Donations are also welcome to buy materials and cover postage expenses.

Interested people can email or phone 6656 0885.

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