Thank you to vol­un­teers

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AS we come to the end of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week I should like to pay trib­ute to ev­ery­one who gives their time, tal­ent and en­ergy for the good of the com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery vol­un­teer has a per­sonal rea­son for do­ing what they do.

Per­haps they feel they are putting some­thing back.

For some it’s a way of keep­ing busy and oth­ers may even just be hav­ing fun with fam­ily and friends.

What­ever the rea­son­ing, thou­sands of or­gan­i­sa­tions in Greater Manch­ester are far bet­ter BE­CAUSE of my work I get to meet many dif­fer­ent peo­ple and I have quite a col­lec­tion of busi­ness cards – but one in par­tic­u­lar stands out.

It reads: Robin Gra­ham MA, Laugh­ter Con­sul­tant. Laugh­ter con­sul­tant? I had to learn more. Robin runs Feel­good Com­mu­ni­ties, which, among other things, or­gan­ises laugh­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

Robin says that laugh­ter helps peo­ple to be more off, ow­ing to the con­tri­bu­tion of vol­un­teers.

This week I was a guest at the di­a­mond an­niver­sary of Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal’s League of Friends, a very im­pres­sive group of peo­ple.

One vol­un­teer is 90 years old and there are some, in­clud­ing Mary and Brian Kay who’ve been in­volved for 45 years.

The LOF serves three ar­eas through­out Wythen­shawe hos­pi­tal; the Lung Cen­tre, the An­te­Na­tal Unit and the Heart Unit.

It gets no spon­sor­ship ef­fec­tive, more pro­duc­tive and more cre­ative.

He tells me that the ses­sions he or­gan­ises help with team build­ing, con­fi­dence build­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.

There are even laugh­ter cham­pi­onships and laugh­ter clubs where you can get to­gether for the chuck­les and raises funds through its cafes, raf­fles, tombo­las and spe­cial cake day sales.

Ev­ery year the vol­un­teers serve up 40,000 cups of tea, 39,000 cups of cof­fee, 20,000 cups of cap­puc­cino and 15,000 cups of hot choco­late (ob­vi­ously some work to be done with the posh cof­fees and hot choco­late).

I was pleased to be in­vited by Derek Hart, the chair­man, to their lunchtime cel­e­bra­tion and I’d like to congratulate ev­ery sin­gle in­di­vid­ual for what they do to help oth­ers. which bring health benefits.

Robin told me all this af­ter read­ing of my dodgy jokes which ap­pear at the end of this col­umn, so I’m try­ing not to take it per­son­ally.

It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject and it’s worth look­ing at the web­site: feel­go­od­com­mu­ni­ties. org.

●● League of Friends chair­man Derek Hart, Ea­monn O’Neal, tea bar manager Karen Lawler and UHSM chair­man Barry Clare

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