AFTER 45 years of dedicated service, Bessie Garratty from Bomaderry has decided to retire from volunteer work with Anglicare.
There were a few tears at a special afternoon tea held at the Bomaderry Anglican Church in honour of Ms Garratty’s unwavering service.
She said at 88 years of age, she felt it was time to hang up the towel and relax.
Mrs Garratty began volunteer work in 1969.
“I’ll never forget the great company and the fellowship I’ve experienced since working with Anglicare,” she said.
“I’ve enjoyed everything about working here and all for a good cause. “I chose to volunteer with Anglicare because I wanted to be involved with something that gave back to the community.”
Mrs Garratty said she was looking forward to spending some much needed time in her garden.
“I’ve never spent much time in it but I plan to now,” she said.
“I’ll greatly miss everyone here because it has been so long since I started.
“There just comes a time when you have to decide enough is enough.”
Mrs Garratty was awarded a certificate and given a beautiful bunch of flowers to thank her.
More than 30 guests attended the afternoon tea.