RITA NAVARRE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

THE BRI­TISH HEART FOUN­DA­TION; CAN­CER RE­SEARCH; BOURNEMOUTH RE­FORM SYN­A­GOGUE

The re­tired sec­re­tary, who worked in the jew­ellery and cater­ing in­dus­tries, has been vol­un­teer­ing for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion for nearly 50 years, and for Can­cer Re­search since 2006. The 77-year-old lives in Bournemouth Why th­ese char­i­ties? All my life I have vol­un­teered for var­i­ous char­i­ties. How­ever, in 1960 I had a heart op­er­a­tion at the Royal Lon­don Hospi­tal. I im­me­di­ately wanted to do all I could to help the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion and raised £60 for the char­ity at my first fundraiser. That was 48 years ago! Sadly, both my hus­band and my mother-in-law died of can­cer and I now do what­ever I can to as­sist Can­cer Re­search. Both char­i­ties are im­por­tant to me. Have you vol­un­teered else­where in the past? When I lived in Lu­ton I used to help with a mo­bile shop at the Lu­ton and Dun­sta­ble Hospi­tal. What does your cur­rent vol­un­teer­ing role in­volve? Apart from my du­ties as vice-pres­i­dent of Bournemouth Re­form Syn­a­gogue, as well as be­ing se­nior war­den and guild chair­man, I also run the Ju­daica shop at the syn­a­gogue. I spend a lot of time con­tact­ing peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who have not been seen for a few weeks. The syn­a­gogue and the wel­fare of the com­mu­nity is my life and as a “re­cy­cled teenager” of 77 years young I’m not do­ing too badly. I shall carry on un­til I’m made re­dun­dant! What do you en­joy most about be­ing a vol­un­teer? Help­ing and be­ing with other peo­ple. What is your most mem­o­rable vol­un­teer­ing mo­ment? All my vol­un­teer­ing mo­ments are mem­o­rable, ev­ery one of them. Nom­i­nate a vol­un­teer to hon­our: com­mu­nity@thejc.com

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