Endeavour Foundation volunteer’s heroic acts rewarded
DELIA Smith's selfless act of leaving her home as floodwater rose around it, to evacuate the Endeavour Foundation shop in Mary St, has earned her the title of Volunteer of the Year.
Delia was surprised in store yesterday with a special presentation to honour her hard work for the charity.
She was selected to receive the award above 658 volunteers who work across Endeavour Foundation's 39 recycled clothing stores.
During the recent floods, with her One Mile home under threat, she went to the store and single-handedly packed almost 60 bags of clothing, shoes and accessories before hauling them up to higher shelves.
With the help of one other person, she saved 95% of the stock.
Once the floods had receded she came back in and worked two days solid to clean the shop and replace stock.
She then returned to do it all again, two weeks later, for the second flood.
Delia said she was had no idea about the win and it came as a huge surprise.
"I am rapt," Delia said.
"I can't believe it ... it's a very great honour."
Delia said it wasn't that big a deal leaving her home to help out the charity.
"There was nothing I could do at home."
She said the flood waters came under her house, wrecking her hot water system.
"I was without hot water for a couple of months and electricity for 10 days."
Delia has worked in the Mary St store for six years, volunteering 20 hours a week.
She likes working for the Endeavour Foundation, saying it is a great charity to support.