Syd's two decades of Hospicecare volunteering
PUBLISHED: 20:00 23 June 2013
AN 85-YEAR-OLD volunteer has been given an award for two decades of loyal service to Weston Hospicecare.
Syd Brailey, of Milton, was one of 65 volunteers to be congratulated for their contributions to the charity.
Syd started volunteering when his wife died in 1992.
He said: “Betty and her Weston Hospicecare nurse would talk for ages. I think she was the sole nurse employed by the hospice at that time and I know that the talks greatly comforted Betty.
“She died after a short illness and a year later, after I had retired, I offered my services to the hospice.”
After a few years helping out, Syd became a companion sitter, and would sit with people while their carers had some respite.
He said: “Sitting with patients is not all doom and gloom as one may imagine, and some visits will long stick in my memory.
“They have all enriched my life and I count many of them as dear friends, even though they are no longer with us.”
A cream tea reception was held last week to thank the volunteers. The Mayor, Mayoress and Chris Vacher, who is a patron of the charity, attended.