A GROUP of volunteers have been praised for their work with the Salvation Army in Liskeard. Patricia Thorpe is typical of hundreds of volunteers. Each week, she gives up her time to help others, and in return she not only enjoys herself but meets new people. New to the area, Pat wanted to get involved in her local community, to meet new people and to do something that she would enjoy and find rewarding. Having been a cook in London, the local Monday Lunch Club run by the Salvation Army in Church Street seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Following an informal interview with Envoy Kenneth Guest, Pat started the week after and hasn't looked back. 'With more than 30 people to cook for, it can be hard work, but I really do enjoy it and the people are lovely,' Pat said. Having settled in well at the lunch club, Pat also now volunteers in the Salvation Army Charity Shop on a weekly basis. Four other volunteers support Envoy Kenneth Guest each week to provide local people with a hot three- course meal. Liskeard's mayor Anne Purdon has been the head cook for a few years now and a volunteer named Violet has been helping out for more than 60 years.