Torridge District Councillor, Philip Pennington has recently retired as a Macmillan Welfare Benefits Caseworker for Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon Citizens Advice after 20 years with the charity.
Councillor Pennington, who is also Vice Chair of the External Overview & Scrutiny committee for Torridge, District Council, began working for Citizens Advice since 1995 and has been a local Macmillan Casewoker for the charity since 2009.
To mark his retirement, Phil received a visit from Jacqui Hodge – Macmillan development manager for Devon – who presented him with a certificate and engraved glass ornament for the work that he had done over the years.
Fellow members of the Macmillan team at Bideford Citizens Advice enjoyed the presentation for Phil and celebrated his achievements from over the years.
Phil has been at the helm of the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service at Bideford since it was established in 2009, accessing thousands of pounds in grants and benefits for local people affected by cancer across the region. Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that four out of five cancer patients lose £570 each month as a result of their illness, with many facing increased costs and loss of income; Phil and his colleagues work to ensure no one will have to to face the financial impacts of a cancer diagnosis alone.
Vicki Rowe, CEO of Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon Citizens Advice joined the presentation and thanked Phil for his contribution to the charity.
‘Phil has been a valuable part of our team for many years and will be sorely missed. We are grateful for all of the hard work he has given and the many clients he has assisted during his time with us,’ she said.
Jacqui echoed Vicki’s thoughts, saying: ‘Phil is a very well known and respected member of the local community, and has been a great asset to the Macmillan Welfare Benefits service. I’d like to wish him a very happy retirement and a heartfelt thank you for making a difference to the lives of many people affected by cancer locally.’
The Macmillan Welfare Benefits service is free of charge, and available to anyone within the catchment area who is living with or beyond cancer and their carers. To find out more please call 0845 8949567.
(from a press release)