Find out about the people behind Royal Voluntary Service in our series of guest stories from our volunteers, staff and partners.
Meet Elaine who regularly visits four older people as part of the Royal Voluntary Service East Cheshire Service. One of the people she supports is Gordon, who is 94 and lives in the countryside.
Gordon says: “It’s quite rural where I live and, because I don’t have a car and can’t walk very far, it can be quite lonely. Elaine comes to see me every week and we usually go to a luncheon club in Handforth Dean or sometimes we stay more local. It depends on how the mood takes us. I seldom chat to people so it’s great to see Elaine and the others at the club.”
Gordon has a daughter who does his shopping and visits him but he doesn’t really see anyone else. He spends his time relaxing and watching TV. Before retiring, Gordon was an Electronics Engineer on ships and spent a lot of his time travelling the world, leading a team of twenty men. He and Elaine like to chat about his work and they like getting out and about as well as meeting the other regular diners at the luncheon club.
Elaine adds: “I really look forward to spending time with Gordon. We enjoy each other’s company.
“I do a lot of volunteering; I love it. I think it is very important to give something back. Time is one thing that can’t be bought; giving time is important, especially if you can help someone who is housebound and lonely.”
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Meet Thomas, who’s running the London Marathon to raise money for Royal Voluntary Service in April. Find out how he motivates himself while training and on the big day itself.
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I have been running for nearly 4 years now and during that time, I joined a local running club. I have since ran countless 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. I’ve run the London marathon twice now and 2017 will be my third time.
Royal Voluntary Service is a charity that is close to my heart with both my grandparents receiving support
from them when they were living at home independently. They are an excellent charity and I want to raise their profile and help support the ever increasing work that they do to help older people.
The care and support received from volunteers is fantastic and it is comforting to know that older people are cared for when they need it. I also feel it’s important that older people are able to live independently in their homes through the good work that Royal Voluntary Service do.
I have a target of raising £1,000 for Royal Voluntary Service. I will be asking friends, family, and generous work colleagues for sponsorship. I’m also planning to do a cake sale at work and possibly a curry or quiz night to raise funds.
I’ve been training as much as I can; it can be quite hard to fit runs in during the week as I work in London. I do long runs on a Saturday morning meaning I’m gone for around three hours at a time. It is even more challenging this year as I have a little 9 month old son who keeps me very busy!
My best marathon tip is to keep up with training. Ensure you do a few 20 mile runs or running continuously for three or more hours, and that you get to your longest run before a marathon. By doing this, you will know what it takes and be mentally prepared for the marathon itself. My training sessions are fuelled by water, gels, salt and energy tablets. Plus sheer determination to succeed, of course!
I stay motivated by keeping focused on the big day. I’m looking forward to running the best marathon in the world. Having a personal goal of a finish time you want to achieve on the day can be helpful too. It’s always good knowing that you have to put the miles in to hopefully get the result you want. It’s not easy though - no pain, no gain as they say.
We’ll be cheering Thomas on as he and Team Royal Voluntary Service run the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. Find out how to raise money for Royal Voluntary Service through charity challenges. Read Jamie's story, who ran the London Marathon for Royal Voluntary Service in 2016.