Charity managers pay tribute to 'a very special lady'
SELFLESS Marjorie Machin worked for the British Red Cross for 50 years.
When the local headquarters moved to the new building in Stafford in 2006 a meeting room was named after her as a testament to her contribution over the years.
She volunteered across a range of Red Cross services doing everything from providing first aid at events to helping people separated by conflict to trace their loved ones through the charity's international tracing and message services.
Michael Watson, senior event first aid coordinator for the Red Cross in Staffordshire, said: "It's a really sad day for the Red Cross. Marjorie was a fantastic volunteer who did anything and everything across a range of services. "She was what the Red Cross is all about. Our new strapline – Refusing to Ignore People in Crisis – would fit Marjorie to a tee.
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"From a personal point of view, a proud moment for me was when Marjorie and I were selected to represent the Red Cross at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
"Marjorie ran a successful family business but still found time to volunteer. She was a people person – a fantastic individual who could turn her hand to anything and we will all miss her a lot."
On behalf of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, chief executive Michelle Roberts said: "Marjorie was a tireless supporter of the hospice and never expected any reward. She was an inspiration to so many staff and volunteers who came into contact with her during her involvement with the hospice over more than 40 years.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have had such a very special lady as one of our founders.
"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. I hope they will take comfort from the outstanding tributes being paid to our dear friend."