We’re all ripe for a bit of vol­un­teer­ing, says ba­nana drama girl Mary

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

DRESSED as a gi­ant ba­nana, Wok­ing and Sam Beare Hospices’ vol­un­teer ser­vices man­ager Mary Mor­gan handed out fly­ers to en­cour­age more peo­ple to join her bunch of vol­un­teers.

Con­tin­u­ing her ‘One of your five a day’ cam­paign and to mark the start of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, Ms Mor­gan vis­ited the Vol­un­tary Sup­port North Sur­rey of­fices.

Mary’s project plays on the adage that vol­un­teer­ing is good for you and im­proves your men­tal, phys­i­cal and emo­tional well­be­ing, us­ing the five-a-day fruit and veg­etable rule as a metaphor.

She is mov­ing around the area dressed as a ba­nana to re­in­force that mes­sage by talk­ing to peo­ple face to face, to bring a hu­man face to vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment.

Af­ter call­ing in at the of­fices, she made an ap­pear­ance at the Chert­sey hos­pice shop to meet and greet vol­un­teers and thank them for their con­tri­bu­tion.

She handed out fly­ers and talked to the public about po­si­tions avail­able at the Wok­ing & Sam Beare Hospices, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Sam Beare Hos­pice shops in Chert­sey, Wey­bridge, Ashford, Wal­ton, Vir­ginia Wa­ter and Egham high streets.

Speak­ing about the part­ner­ship with the hospices, Vol­un­tary Sup­port North Sur­rey em­ployee Jenny Jones said: “Vol­un­tary Sup­port North Sur­rey is our vol­un­teer cen­tre and we have of­fices in Chert­sey and Cam­ber­ley.

“One of our ser­vices is to find vol­un­teers for the 300+ or­gan­i­sa­tions we sup­port in North Sur­rey.

“We’ve known Mary and sup­plied vol­un­teers for the var­i­ous shops and hospices for many years.

“Mary has made a big im­pact in Chert­sey in her ba­nana suit and for us this has been the last event of a very busy Vol­un­teer’s Week.

“Vol­un­teers pro­vide an im­por­tant ser­vice in the com­mu­nity and we know how vol­un­teer­ing im­proves the lives of both the vol­un­teer and those in need. We wel­come any­one to visit our of­fice to find out about vol­un­teer­ing and we will find them some­thing suit­able.”

If you want to find out more about how you can get in­volved, call the vol­un­teer ser­vices depart­ment on 01483 881 750 or look on­line at www.ws­b­hos­pices.co.uk/ vol­un­teer.

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