I want to be part of char­ity’s work

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Frances Daws- Burgess. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: I saw an ad­vert on Age UK Cheshire East Vol­un­teers Face­book page about op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer so I made con­tact with Age UK Cheshire East. What do you en­joy most about your role there?: There’s a real sense of com­mu­nity and in­vest­ment, and you are able to see how you are giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and help­ing to make a change in peo­ple’s lives. I chose Age UK Cheshire East be­cause I think the work that they do is fan­tas­tic and I wanted to be part of that. What has been your most mem­o­rable/ fun­ni­est mo­ment while you have been volunteering?: Dur­ing my first time volunteering with AUKCE at the ‘Big Chin Wag’ out­side the Mac­cles­field char­ity shop and I turned around to see all the helium bal­loons float­ing away. What/where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: Mac­cles­field For­est as it’s so tran­quil and peace­ful away from the chaos of ev­ery­day life. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: Work­ing on events big or small, cre­at­ing a happy en­vi­ron­ment and a sense of com­mu­nity for ev­ery­one

What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: With a youth group to an out­door ac­tiv­ity cen­tre on the Isle of Mull in Scot­land. We did lots of ac­tiv­i­ties such as ab­seil­ing and kayak­ing. It is such a beau­ti­ful place. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: Put an end to poverty world­wide and re­search cures for dis­eases. I would en­sure that if I could no-one would ‘go with­out’ and ob­vi­ously I’d take a cou­ple of hol­i­days and buy some new clothes. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Never give up, noth­ing worth hav­ing gets handed to you on a plate, if you want some­thing go and get it. What was your first job?: Ac­com­mo­da­tion as­sis­tant at my univer­sity, giv­ing tours around the ac­com­mo­da­tion on open days. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: Mostly stuff like Green Day, Foo Fight­ers, Neck Deep, You Me at Six, All Time Low etc. What is your favourite TV show?: How I met Your Mother. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: I’m read­ing The Perks of Be­ing a Wall­flower. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: My mum, be­cause she has shown me that I can achieve any­thing I want if I put my mind to it. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: The Queen be­cause I think she is re­ally cute, mem­bers of the band All Time Low, Dave Grohl, Nel­son Man­dela, Neil Pa­trick Harris, Jimmy Carr, Jon Richard­son and Mi­randa Hart. What does Age UK do: As a lo­cal char­ity, Age UK Cheshire East sup­ports peo­ple aged 50+, their fam­i­lies and car­ers in the bor­ough of Cheshire East through the pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port. We pro­vide 21 ser­vices sup­port­ing 11,000+ older peo­ple per an­num. With more than half the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of Cheshire East now over the age of 50, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has never been busier. Our mis­sion is to im­prove later life for vul­ner­a­ble, iso­lated older peo­ple in our com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion, ad­vo­cacy, friend­ship, prac­ti­cal sup­port and ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port health and well-be­ing and con­tin­ued in­de­pen­dence. Ev­ery penny that we raise is spent lo­cally on a wide range of ser­vices that make later life more ful­fill­ing for older peo­ple in Cheshire East.

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