Volunteers working across The Fremantle Trust’s care
services in Bucks came together for a special awards dinner held at Cherry
Garth care home in Holmer Green during Volunteers’ Week.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual national awareness week which
was set up to celebrate the incredible contribution made by people of all ages
who give back to their communities.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious three-course meal and were
presented with special awards by Neil Spencer from the First Holmer Green Scout
Group, who has received the Silver Wolf award - the highest honour made by The
Among the attendees being recognised at the event were
Caroline Lombardelli from Farnham Common House (Farnham Common), David Snowdon
from The Heights nursing home (High Wycombe) and Bill Brackley from Lent Rise
Caroline, whose career included roles such as Senior Vice
President of American Express, has fostered children for eight years. She has
volunteered at Farnham Common House for just over a year, where she gets
involved with baking activities and enjoys having conversations with residents.
87-year-old David Snowdon has supported the Trust for many
years in a number of capacities and he has also been part of the South Bucks
Association for the Disabled. David particularly enjoys supporting activities
and provided funds to purchase two Boccia sets (a form of bowls) for Lent Rise
House when his wife, Audrey, was there before she moved to The Heights.
David said: “The most important thing for me about
volunteering is ensuring that I am able to encourage involvement for others so
that they can participate and live a meaningful life with fun and enjoyment.”
Bill Brackley also agrees that volunteering is a great way
of giving back, especially after losing his wife, Pam, who was a resident at
Lent Rise House. Bill enjoys helping in the gardens at the care home, tending
plants, pruning and doing odd jobs and handiwork.
Sue Faulkner, community and lifestyle manager at The
Fremantle Trust, added: “We thoroughly enjoyed the evening as it was a valuable
opportunity to say thank you to volunteers across our services who give their
time so freely.
“It’s vital that we recognise their work and the
contribution they make to create vibrant communities in which residents and
their wider family network can all thrive.”