Saturday, 12 June 2021

Volunteer like me to keep busy

AN appeal has been made for more volunteers to help with the sales at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Alan George, 66, of Western Road, Henley, is urging people to help the charity which he started volunteering for six years ago.

He said the role was particularly suited to retired people as it enabled them to meet new people and get job satisfaction.

Mr George, 66, who used to work for Imperial Chemical Industries, said: “When you speak to most people they don’t miss work at all but they miss the camaraderie and the banter.

“The charity does so much good and everybody who has had a friend or relative go there knows how well they care for everybody. Volunteering lets you do something of use.”

Mr George, who has also been a part-time lock-keeper, volunteers in the electrical department, sorting and checking donated goods for safety every Tuesday and Thursday morning ahead of the sales every third Saturday.

He said: “Some people go in once a week while others do a lot more than I do. Some just come and help with the sales.

“It’s good for people to get out. Loneliness is another problem for older people and it helps with that.”

Volunteers are needed to help sort goods, including clothes, accessories, books, furniture and haberdashers, and to help out on sale days.

For more information, call 01491 641384, extension 273, or email to nettlebed.

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