HOSPITAL volunteers were awarded special stars for their service.

Volunteers at Fairfield General Hospital including 71-year-old Mary Bowler received stars during Volunteers Week (June 1-7).

Mrs Bowler has been volunteering since May 2012.

Northern Care Alliance which runs Fairfield treated more than 500 of its volunteers to a buffet as thanks for their work.

Nicky Goulding, volunteer support manager, said: "I would like to congratulate each and every one of the award winners."