Friday, 17 September 2021

Paying tribute to volunteers

THIS is Volunteers Week, when we pay tribute to all those people who give up their time to help others.

THIS is Volunteers Week, when we pay tribute to all those people who give up their time to help others.

One such kind-hearted person is 72-year-old Pat Fincham, who has been volunteering at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed for 35 years.

She helps out at the charity?s sale days and only took some time off recently following the death of her husband who had cancer and received home care from the hospice staff.

Pat says: ?When I first started volunteering at Sue Ryder I could fit it around my children who were at school so it worked out really well. It has been good to know that the work I do and the money I am helping to raise goes directly to help support people who need the care that Sue Ryder provides ? and I have experienced that first hand.

?Throughout those 35 years, I have also made so many friends.?

Pat has always worked in the toy section at the sales and says: ?You could say I?ve become a bit of an expert on what children do and don?t like.

?When I started it was very small section but it has grown and grown. I think the biggest change has been in the amount of choice children have now ? it?s incredible. Children don?t seem to buy box games these days but cuddly toys always attract a crowd and they always sell.?

Pat adds: ?If anyone was to ask me if they should volunteer for Sue Ryder I would highly recommend it. In fact, most of my team are people I?ve encouraged to get involved and they all love it. I still enjoy it so much and will come along for many more years.?

If you would to become a volunteer for Sue Ryder, call Marion Haynes on (01491) 641384 or email marion.haynes@sueryder.org

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