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VOLUNTEERS WEEK: Meet John Lockyer

John says volunteering at Weldmar has saved his life.

This week is National Volunteers Week, and Weldmar Hospicecare relies heavily on an army of volunteers doing a wide variety of roles.  Without them, we simply couldn’t provide the care and support we do in Dorset.

Every day this week we’re featuring a different area of Weldmar where we have volunteers providing a valuable service.

Meet John Lockyer.

He sorts out all post deliveries in the DT1 area, he collects and cleans many of the donation pods you see in places such as shop counters, and he also goes to many of our fundraising events to volunteer.  He even has his own in-tray in the Fundraising office!

You may have seen him help out at Colour Run, Bubble Rush, or at Smedmore House open gardens.

But there’s no question what his favourite event is – our annual Dog Show.  He’s volunteered at every single one!

John’s been part of Weldmar’s team for the last thirteen years because he says they were “so brilliant” looking after his wife when she sadly died of cancer.

“What a lot of people don’t understand is that they also looked after me,” said John, “and actually they saved my life because I had three tragedies within just six months”.

“It’s a great cause.  They do so much to help people, and they really need volunteers.  There’s something that anyone can do”.

Caroline Munslow, Weldmar Hospicecare’s Volunteer Services Advisor, says “John is truly amazing and will turn his hand to just about anything, and always with a smile.  He’s also a member of our Volunteers Group, encouraging volunteers to have their say, and as a Volunteer Ambassador he raises the profile of Weldmar in the wider community be speaking at public events.  We simply couldn’t do it without him!”.

We thank all our amazing volunteers for the work they do!  Discover more about volunteering opportunities with Weldmar Hospicecare here.


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