Volunteer Joan is honoured for 25 years’ service

144906'Support for Carers lunch'Claire Crossland,left presents flowers to Joan Bradnam who is leaving the organisation after clocking up 25 years and over 5000 volunteer hours'Picture by Neil Silk'02/12/14
144906'Support for Carers lunch'Claire Crossland,left presents flowers to Joan Bradnam who is leaving the organisation after clocking up 25 years and over 5000 volunteer hours'Picture by Neil Silk'02/12/14
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A long-serving volunteer who has given more than 3,500 hours of support to carers in Scarborough and Filey has been honoured for her efforts.

Joan Bradnam, who is stepping down from the role, was given a special presentation during a recent event held by Support for Carers at the Royal Hotel.

The event was a chance for volunteers to get together and enjoy a Christmas lunch and festivities.

Joan has been with the charity since 1989 and during that time has provided more than 3,500 hours of visiting to over 50 different people within the Scarborough area.

Clare Crossland, manager of Support For Carers, said: “Joan is our longest serving volunteer and she has made such a tremendous difference to the lives of those who find themselves supporting someone at home.

“With her friendly approach and soothing nature Joan has been a lifesaver, a companion and above all a friend she will be sadly missed.”

Sharon Hunter’s mum Jean Simpson had a visit from Joan each week and she said: “It was great to know my mum had a bit of company whilst I was at work it gave her something to look forward to.

“For me it was peace of mind knowing she was not on her own all day.”

Clare said: “There are many people in the Scarborough and Filey area who due to advancing age or health related problems are unable to get out and about but would benefit from someone just popping in for an hour or two on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

“We are always looking for new volunteer visitors or anyone who would be interested in having a visitor.”

To find out more, please ring Support For Carers on (01723) 364808 or email admin@scarboroughsupportforcarers.org

Volunteers need to be available for just a couple of hours each week to provide friendly, supportive company.

No experience is needed, just a friendly, chatty personality and a smile.

Travel expenses are paid and volunteers will not be asked to do any lifting or provide any personal or medical care - just provide a bit of company.