HUNDREDS of volunteers were treated to cream tea and cakes in a bid to celebrate their hard-work and dedication to a charity.

Thames Hospice hosted an afternoon tea to recognise their 170 volunteers at Ascot Racecourse on June 4.

Much loved singer, dancer and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford awarded long-service badges to the volunteers who gave up their time to the Hospice for 10, 20 or even 30 years.

Katherine Leach, head of volunteering at Thames Hospice, said: "Our annual Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea is just a small token of thanks for the incredible support volunteers offer to Thames Hospice.

"Our 650-strong army of volunteers make an enormous contribution to our success and we always look forward to bringing them together at this event to say a huge thank you." Guests enjoyed their tea, sandwiches and cakes from 2pm and then magician Mike Stoner entertained them after.

Thames Hospice chief executive Debbie Raven and the Chair of Trustees Jonathan Jones were also on hand to speak to the volunteers and congratulate them on their hard work.

The charity provides expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire and a vital part of their work is also in supporting their families and carers.