Time to step down for popular volunteer, 84

Di Cook, right, pictured with Helen Richardson and Cheryl Barrett 130429a
Di Cook, right, pictured with Helen Richardson and Cheryl Barrett 130429a
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One of Scarborough’s longest-serving Marie Curie volunteers has decided to hang up her daffodil at the age of 84.

Di Cook, of Crossgates, has been supporting the charity for 29 years, first as a Marie Curie nurse and then as a volunteer.

130420a  Michael Streets, centre, a fundraiser with Marie Curie Cancer Care charity which has teamed up with local fundraisers 'Wonky McDonkey', Michael Landray, left, Alistair Trigg, Trevor Landray, and Kayleigh Bradley, to appeal for collectors and helpers for the Great Daffodil Appeal. Photo by Andrew Higgins 22/01/2013

130420a Michael Streets, centre, a fundraiser with Marie Curie Cancer Care charity which has teamed up with local fundraisers 'Wonky McDonkey', Michael Landray, left, Alistair Trigg, Trevor Landray, and Kayleigh Bradley, to appeal for collectors and helpers for the Great Daffodil Appeal. Photo by Andrew Higgins 22/01/2013

She joined the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation – as it was then known - on October 30, 1984, caring for cancer patients in their own homes in Scarborough and surrounding areas.

Di retired as a nurse in 1996, but has supported the charity in a voluntary capacity throughout the entire period.

She previously gave weekly administrative support to the fundraising team at their Belle Vue Street office and since the office moved, Di and her volunteer colleagues now meet weekly at Westborough Methodist Church where they continue to support the work of the fundraising team.

Though Di has now decided to bow out gracefully, she is keen to still be involved at peak times such as the charity’s upcoming Great Daffodil Appeal.

Area fundraising manager, Cheryl Barrett, said: “Di holds a special place in all of our hearts; she is an invaluable member of our team and is always full of vibrant fun and well-meant mischief.

“During the 60th anniversary of Marie Curie in 2008, Di took on the challenge of being silent for 60 minutes – mission impossible for such an effervescent lady – although determined as ever, she achieved it raising almost £400 for the charity.”

Di said: “I’m sad to be saying a farewell to regular fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care after being involved these many years.

“The twelve years will always remain as a special memory of the privilege.

“The nursing of a patient in their own home, along with their family, sharing their lives at a very anxious and difficult time is a unique experience affording a special caring role that many nurses would doubtless find both rewarding and fulfilling. The friendship and gratitude given by all concerned is indeed special.”

Marie Curie is currently looking for volunteer collectors as part of its annual Great Daffodil Appeal, which starts on March 5.

Scarborough fundraisers Wonkey McDonky have already pledged their support and are encouraging others to do the same.

Marie Curie fundraiser Michael Streets said: “It’s great the local people want to volunteer towards helping our cause.”

To get involved call (01904) 436625.