Club leader Fiona’s ‘a gem’
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Fiona Goodall, the organiser of the club Camaraderie, where people can go and enjoy social activities every Wednesday in Amersham, has been nominated in the community champion category of the award.
Mrs Goodall said: “The club is going from strength to strength. It is not just what I do – without all of the other volunteers I could not do it.”
The 61-year-old started the club after The Red Cross Centre closed down in 2012.
Camaraderie volunteer Pamela Devlin said: “The club takes tireless organisation, enthusiasm and vision. Fiona is a cheerful bundle of energy and has mobility problems of her own, but this does not stop her dedicating many hours each week to ensure a successful club for the members.
“Camaraderie would not exist without Fiona Goodall – she is an absolute gem.”
Volunteer Wendy Henry said: “I cannot speak highly enough of Fiona’s work with the elderly. Her determination in keeping her original clients together and opening up her own day centre Camaraderie, while gathering many new and grateful clients, is proof of her extraordinary capabilities and total dedication. She inspires us all.”
Mrs Goodall’s work to keep the club going includes organising the food, budgeting, paperwork, hygiene and transport for trips.
Anne King, whose mother attends the club, said: “Camaraderie is the highlight of mum’s week and is made possible by the wonderful work of Fiona and her team of amazing helpers.”
Keith North said: “My wife with dementia enjoys the club so much, it allows one of the few opportunities I have for a couple of hours break from being a carer.”
Jo Mcavay said: “My mum Kathy moved to Amersham in 2014 to recuperate after an illness. She had no friends in the area, her mobility is limited and through her GP’s recommendations she joined Camaraderie. Fiona welcomed Kathy into this club and it has since been a lifeline to Kathy, as it is for many of the other attendees who rarely get out to social events otherwise.”
NOMINATED: Fiona Goodall