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