Jenelle celebrates 19 years volunteering for Action MS

23/2/2011. Pacemaker Press Intl. Still Going Strong. 90 year old Action MS Volunteer Jenelle Stevenson celebrates over 19 years of collecting for the charity and having raised over ??500,000. She was met by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick Convery as he hosted the former nurse today in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the charity but couldn't resist rattling her collection box outside City Hall before meeting with the city's first citizen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
23/2/2011. Pacemaker Press Intl. Still Going Strong. 90 year old Action MS Volunteer Jenelle Stevenson celebrates over 19 years of collecting for the charity and having raised over ??500,000. She was met by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick Convery as he hosted the former nurse today in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the charity but couldn't resist rattling her collection box outside City Hall before meeting with the city's first citizen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

AN ACTION MS volunteer from Newtownabbey has been honoured at a Mayor’s reception at Belfast City Hall in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the charity.

Former nurse Jenelle Stevenson, aged 90, and from Merville Garden Village, first picked up an Action MS collection box some 19 years ago just before her 71st birthday and over the course of the past 19 years has raised the staggering sum of over £500,000 in aid of Action MS.

As a volunteer on the Action MS Medicare Breaks for a number of years, Jenelle proved an inspiration to the young volunteers pursuing careers in the medical profession and was much loved by the holiday guests for her warmth and practical understanding of their needs.

On Wednesday (February 23), as part of her 90th birthday celebrations, Action MS said a special ‘Thank You’ to Jenelle with a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Patrick Convery.

In Student Volunteer Week and as the European Year of the Volunteer is celebrated, Jenelle provides a great example of successful volunteering that continues to greatly benefit both the Action MS charity and Jenelle herself.

Jenelle revealed that she has greatly enjoyed her years of volunteering with Action MS.

“I regard Action MS as a family. I was attracted to Action MS by its professionalism - as a nurse all those years ago you had to be professional. I have no time for carelessness or thoughtlessness. I have loved every minute of my time at Action MS and hope to be able to help for many years to come,” she said.

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