“I shall really miss it. I have loved it,”: manager of Thaxted Centre for the Disabled retires

PUBLISHED: 08:53 04 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:58 04 February 2019

Audrey Carmichael (centre right) has now retired from managing the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Audrey Carmichael (centre right) has now retired from managing the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The manager of Thaxted Centre for the Disabled has stood down, after more than 30 years of volunteering.

Volunteers and members celebrated Audrey's many years at the centre. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDVolunteers and members celebrated Audrey's many years at the centre. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

On December 17, a retirement party was held for Audrey Carmichael who first started volunteering at the centre in 1983, and became manager in 1996.

Mrs Carmichael, a great grandmother, was made an MBE in 2012 in recognition of her work at the centre.

She said: “I shall really miss it, I have loved it. I am not the sort of person who wants to sit at home and do nothing. I have loved all of the members and volunteers. It has been a very important part of my life.”

Judy Weaving, a retired social worker, has now replaced Mrs Carmichael as manager, which is a voluntary role. The centre, which has around 25 members and relies on fundraising, was facing closure if no-one stepped forward to replace Mrs Carmichael.

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