Tell us a bit about yourself
I am 61 years old and have been married to my wife Jackie for almost 43 years (April 1st). We are both now retired from our respective jobs of NatWest counter manager (Jackie) and LGV driving instructor.
What do you do within your volunteering role/roles?
I am a community car volunteer and enjoy helping people get to their appointments etc.
How long have you been a volunteer?
I became a Volunteer Community Transport Driver about 2 years ago. I have previously volunteered for SERV who run an out of hours blood running group, delivering blood boxes from Colindale to hospitals up as far as Bedford on motorcycles.
Why did you decide to start volunteering?
Years ago, while working as an LGV driving instructor in London I was asked if I wanted to become a blood runner on my motorcycle and as I didn’t use it that often, it was my excuse to go out for a blast on the bike.
Now I have retired, I found I had lots of free time and wanted to volunteer doing something related to driving nearer to home in Watford and found out about the W3RT community car service so signed up for that. I like 2 wheels, 4 wheels, 6/8/10, right up to 18 wheeled vehicles.
Why would you recommend volunteering to others?
I would recommend volunteering to people who have the time and energy to get out there and help someone who needs it because whilst you’re helping them, you’re also helping yourself.
Is there anything you’ve been doing specifically relating to or because of Coronavirus that you’d like to tell us about?
Since COVID 19 hit us we have had to cancel most community car journeys due to restrictions in the car and have therefore been delivering prescriptions from pharmacies to recipients who may be shielding/self-isolating etc.
My wife Jackie and I take the opportunity to get some exercise after finishing the prescription deliveries by going for a walk along the canal or whatever park is nearby and we have found so many places that we would not normally have seen if it were not for volunteering.... It is our excuse to get out and about.