Tireless volunteer, 90, recognised for half a century’s selfless service to charity

Daniel Austin (grandson in law), Natalie Austin (granddaughter) Joyce Saffron, Steven Lewis, Charima

Daniel Austin (grandson in law), Natalie Austin (granddaughter) Joyce Saffron, Steven Lewis, Chariman, Jewish Care and Amanda Welby (daughter) - Credit: Archant

A 90-year-old volunteer has been presented with an unsung hero award in recognition of more than 50 years of selfless service to a charity.

Joyce Saffron, of Frognal Lane, Hampstead, has volunteering for Jewish Care, a health and social care charity serving the Jewish Community, for more than half a century.

Along with her late husband Tony, she founded a kosher meals on wheels project in Stepney – the first kosher service of its kind – in 1957. Although she now lives in Hampstead, she has continued to help out at the Stepney Jewish Day Centre, organising entertainment, outings and the annual Chanukah lunch.

She said: “Volunteering is a way of life for me. I love speaking to people and helping them when I can.” She was presented with an award recognising her achievements at a lunch at the Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane.”