THREE ‘hidden heroes’ who volunteer at Poole’s Forest Holme Hospice have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

Sue Brown, Elaine Howitt and Margaret Norris have been presented with a complimentary stay at a hotel through Christchurch-based charity Room to Reward.

Room to Reward partners with hotels across the UK who donate their anticipated unsold rooms to the scheme. Charities are then invited to nominate their ‘hidden heroes’ for a one to two night complimentary break to enjoy with a friend or loved one.

So far, over 400 hotels throughout the UK. have joined the initiative and more than 700 inspirational people have enjoyed a well-earned break.

The volunteers were nominated by Forest Holme Hospice who wanted to acknowledge their commitment supporting the ward and fundraising department.

Kirsty Perks, fundraiser at Forest Holme Hospice Charity, said: “All our volunteers are amazing and we really could not do what we do without them. It’s almost impossible to just choose three people but we will definitely be nominating again next year as Room to Reward is such a fantastic charity and it is a really lovely way to reward our volunteers.”

Adam Terpening, director of Room to Reward, said, “Room to Reward is a unique charity created to give something back and say ‘thank you’ to people who give up their time and make a difference to those in need. Up and down the country, there are so many people helping, caring and loving others. Our simple, free initiative takes a wasted asset and uses it to recognise these hidden heroes.”

This year Forest Holme Hospice is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The charity provides end-of-life care and support to more than 1,000 people and their families each year with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses across Poole, Wimborne and Purbeck.