Amy and her grandmother Barbara were very close, so when Barbara died, Amy was devastated. She decided to honour her grandmother’s memory and say thank you to the volunteers who supported her by taking on a challenge for Royal Voluntary Service.
"We would speak at least weekly, text every day and I went to see her as much as I could. She was the person in my family I would always go to for advice, because she was honest. We had exactly the same sense of humour and thought similarly about things. Whenever I need advice now, I always try and think “What would Grandma say?"
Amy didn’t just love her grandmother’s warm and witty personality she found Barbara’s approach to life inspiring – and is still motivated by her memory.
"I remember her laugh, her love of crosswords, her wicked sense of humour, the ways she gossiped about people in the retirement village, her smell, gosh everything! The way she would always end phone calls with ‘I’ll let you go now’, even though it was her who wanted to go! Her impatience – another thing we have in common. Her mental strength and the way she could handle anything that came her way. She was someone who didn’t dwell in the past and wanted to move forward from difficult situations. She taught me not to be afraid to speak my mind, to be honest with people."
Towards the end of Barbara’s life, she was supported by volunteers from Royal Voluntary Service whose company she enjoyed and she appreciated the time and help they gave her.
"Like any older person, Grandma had to go for the odd hospital visit and it was volunteers from Royal Voluntary Service who took her there and back. The last time I saw her, she was so excited to tell me how amazing they’d been and how much she enjoyed the lifts. She was so happy one of them had said she was a lovely lady and ‘made his day’. That definitely brightened up her week. Royal Voluntary Service was a lifeline to her. She really enjoyed the visits as she got to have great chats with the amazing volunteers."
Amy’s family remembered how much those volunteers meant to Barbara so, at her funeral, they asked for donations to support the life-changing work they do for older people like Barbara.
But Amy wanted to do more to show how grateful she was for the warmth and dedication of the incredible Royal Voluntary Service volunteers.
"I’ve always had a soft spot for older people and think the work Royal Voluntary Service does is so important. Supporting them gives me a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the help they gave my grandma."
Although Amy says she’s “definitely not a runner” she chose to challenge herself to complete the Bristol 10k.
"I’ve always liked the idea of being a runner, but never had the focus, goal or motivation I have now. I heard from friends that there’s a great atmosphere at the Bristol 10k and it’s loads of fun to complete. I also thought it would be a good race to start with because it’s quite flat. I think the length is a good challenge while still being doable."
Amy set herself a target of raising £100, but raised three times that, achieved a time of 57 minutes and had a fantastic day too!
"No one has ever meant as much to me to motivate me to do something like that – and I’ve never known a charity have such a good impact on someone as Royal Voluntary Service did with my grandma."
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