Volunteering Silver Jubilee for 90 year old Vera
She may be older than the Queen but public spirited Vera has no plans to stop helping in the community!
Vera Stanley has been volunteering with the Kirklees Public Health team for an incredible 25 years, and despite having hearing difficulties and double hip replacements, has no plans to stop.
Vera, who turns 91 on 17 June said:
“After retiring I wanted to help out and make a difference so I started volunteering for public health when it was in the NHS at the Princess Royal hospital in 1991. 25 years and several building moves later I’m still here, and the team is now in Kirklees Council. I have worked on infection control, sexual health campaigns, cancer screening campaigns, and much more.”
Her colleagues at Kirkgate Buildings in Huddersfield say that Vera is a star. She helps them out in all sorts of ways. Her proof reading skills are particularly prized. She is a real asset to the team and not afraid to tell them off if she’s not kept busy enough.
She said: “there’s no point in volunteering if they don’t use your skills”
Vera, from Honley said
”I live alone, so volunteering is a great way to have some company whilst helping out and making a difference, plus it’s nice to be amongst younger people – I like to keep doing new things so that I don’t get set in my ways.”
And that’s not all, she also helps to write the newsletter at Honley Trinity Church where she attends every Sunday. She also lays the tables for a monthly luncheon club in Scholes. When she isn’t helping in the community, she goes to her local gym three times a week to keep fit on the toning tables, or she takes the bus to go shopping in local towns.
“I do also spend the odd day at home”
Rachael Loftus, Head of Volunteering at Kirklees Council said:
“During Volunteers’ Week we’d like to say a huge thank you to Vera for her continuing commitment to improving people’s health in Kirklees. Volunteers can make a huge difference no matter what age they are and someone like Vera who continues to play a part in her community is an inspiration to us all.”