THE Duchess of Cornwall has hailed public-spirited helpers as “the backbone of our country”.
Camilla, 72, spoke of the role of NHS Volunteer Responders at the start of Volunteers Week.
So far, they have performed 250,000 tasks including chats with those self-isolating.
She said: “The first week of June is traditionally Volunteers’ Week, when we celebrate our unsung heroes.
“This year in particular, we owe a great debt of thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, who have stepped forward in astonishing numbers, pulling together to support those affected by COVID-19.
“As the very proud President of the Royal Voluntary Service, I should like to say that you truly are the backbone of our country.
“To each and every volunteer – thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Royals have also joined their ranks for “check in and chat” calls.
Doris Winfield, 85 of Rickmansworth, who had a call from Camilla, said: “It was wonderful. It really cheered me up.”