Vol­un­teer: I knew I could con­trib­ute

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name / which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: Pat Black, Age UK Cheshire East. I work as an as­sis­tant at The Hub in Con­gle­ton. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: I was shop­ping one day in Novem­ber 2014 with a friend and I saw an ad­vert which was very eye-catch­ing. I knew I could con­trib­ute. What do you en­joy most about your role there?: en­joy work­ing as a vol­un­teer be­cause the staff are friendly, I en­joy selling good qual­ity prod­ucts at a pock­etable price, I en­joy sat­is­fy­ing cus­tomers and I ap­pre­ci­ate their cus­tom, it’s value for money and all goes to­wards a great lo­cal cause.

IWhat has been your most fun­ni­est mo­ment while you have been volunteering?: I think see­ing the goods we sell, try­ing to es­tab­lish how some do­na­tions work, is plain guess­work at times which is very funny. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: My favourite place is the town cen­tre where I can walk around the shops and call into the Age UK fur­ni­ture show­room as I am in need of bed­room fur­ni­ture. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: On each day I en­joy do­ing my daily du­ties house­work etc. I love to read and en­joy pop­ping into the li­brary in Con­gle­ton. What was the best hol­i­day you have en­joyed?: I went to Belfast and I have had a short break in Dublin, I loved Ire­land be­cause of the cul­ture, hos­pi­tal­ity of the peo­ple and the mem­ory of my fa­ther who was from Belfast. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: I will still re­main volunteering for Age UK Cheshire East, as I’m ap­pre­ci­ated, I en­joy it and its very handy as its near to my home. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: I would ad­vise that you look af­ter your health, don’t smoke or drink too much, and come shop at Age UK Cheshire East, as there is some­thing for each and ev­ery one of you. What was your first job?: I worked for a lo­cal com­pany as a PBC op­er­a­tor in the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try Siemens in 1985 af­ter I left Sixth Form at 17 years of age. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: U2 favourite track ‘Un­for­get­table Fire’. What is your favourite TV show?: Songs of Praise – each Sun­day teatime. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: The Holy Bi­ble. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: I use my own ini­tia­tive but I would say my late fa­ther and my lovely sis­ter who’s al­ways call­ing in on me and tells me to ‘lose weight’. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: Clive Owen, ac­tor and a bril­liant one at that, only prob­lem is he doesn’t live in Mac­cles­field. ●● 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 more than 11,000 older peo­ple a year. With over 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 well­be­ing 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.

Text LONE00£3 to 70070 to help the mil­lions fac­ing later life alone. ageukcheshireeast.org www.face­book.com/ AgeUKCheshireEast

●● Pat Black is a vol­un­teer with Age UK

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