Awards ceremonies have taken place to thank the dedicated
army of volunteers who give up their time to help at The Royal Star &
Garter Homes in Surbiton and Solihull.
The Charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and
their partners living with disability or dementia, has over 60 active
volunteers who help staff provide the award-winning care to its residents.
Each year certificates and medals are handed out to
volunteers who have completed either one, five, 10 or 20 years of voluntary
work with the Charity.
Among the volunteers to receive certificates and medals for
their service was PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog Harvey, and his owner Irene Rowe.
She has been coming to the Surbiton Home with the loveable lurcher for five
years. “Harvey loves coming here, he pulls me into the Home and knows which
residents have treats for him,” said Irene. “I like coming here because I enjoy
talking to people and hearing their stories, it’s very humbling.”
Ken Mackay has been coming to the Solihull Home for one
year. He said: “I became a volunteer when I did because my mother was a
resident here before she passed away last year. I like the people and the
building, and I like what the place stands for. I find the volunteering
rewarding, and it’s nice to give back a bit to the Charity.”
Chief Executive Andy Cole said: “These events are about
saying a huge thank you to the amazing volunteers who give their precious time
to the Charity. We are very grateful for what they do for our residents, every
The volunteers help with some of the 50 weekly activities
put on at each Home for residents. Raquel Pena Aristizabal, Activities &
Volunteers Manager at Surbiton, said: “Helping others is the highest expression
of the soul and we recognise that this is what our volunteers do for our residents.
So we hold this ceremony to express gratitude for what they do.”
Charlie Wilson, who occupies the same position at the
Solihull Home, said: “Volunteers mean so much to the Home and make such a huge
difference to the lives of our residents. They are kind and wonderful people
and is it so appreciated that they give their valuable time to us. It's nice to
have the opportunity to say a big thank you on behalf of us all.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for The Royal Star &
Garter Homes, in its Surbiton, Solihull, or the new High Wycombe Homes, can
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Star & Garter Homes.