Mary has volunteered for Royal Voluntary Service for nearly 40 years. In addition to decades of dedication covering many volunteering roles, Mary has decided to leave a gift in her Will to the charity. For Mary, it’s a way of giving – like her volunteering – that just feels right for her.
"Volunteering has been like a second career for me. I was a chemistry teacher, but always part-time while I brought up my children. We relocated to Scotland in 1984 and I didn’t know a soul. The local office was manned by volunteers. It was wonderful working in such a congenial team, feeling you were doing something useful and helpful. We could see the results of what we were doing, helping people in the community."
After working directly with older people in Midlothian, Mary became a training manager – which suited her perfectly.
"It was a combination of everything I’d learned as a teacher and a volunteer. I enjoyed passing on what I knew and being part of the community.
"It’s a two-way process – it helps the volunteers and the people they support. People appreciate what you do."
Mary claims her loyalty is not unusual.
"That’s what makes Royal Voluntary Service such a special organisation. But people are modest and just get on with it – we don’t like saying we’re wonderful!
"You can find Royal Voluntary Service wherever you are. When I moved to Wales, I knew someone in the area who said ‘Let me know the minute you get here’ – and she put me in touch with the local Royal Voluntary Service."
The ethos of the charity resonates with Mary. Her decision to remember Royal Voluntary Service in her Will is fully supported by her husband and children
"Royal Voluntary Service 'ticks all the boxes'. I’ve had a connection with Royal Voluntary Service over the years and it’s the charity I support.
"There are many people who don’t get out of their houses unless we take them. They go to lunch clubs and social clubs for the company."
Without people like Mary, leaving a gift in their Will, people would not have access to Lunch Clubs or Social Clubs. You too, can ensure that people get the support they need in their homes, in the community and during a stay in hospital. Along with Mary, people who choose to support in this way, will be remembered for their generosity and for changing lives.
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We appreciate that loved ones should always come first. After providing for them, if you’d like to provide support in the future through a gift in your Will, call 0800 731 9197 or click the button below.
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