VOL­UN­TEER OF THE WEEK

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ROBDYAN

JEWISH BLIND AND DIS­ABLED

The35-year-old is a di­rec­tor of Sport­seen, a spe­cial­ist sports mar­ket­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, and lives in Hen­don with his wife Lynne. Lynne acts as Rob’s sous-chef when he is work­ing his magic in the kitchen at JBD’S Frances and Dick James Court in Mill Hill. Rob ran a half-marathon in Septem­ber, rais­ing over £2,000 for JBD

Why JBD? For many years I had do­nated to char­i­ties but had never been ac­tively in­volved. I had raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind when at school and I still do­nate to the RNIB and I wanted to do so for a Jewish char­ity re­lated to the same cause. Hav­ing dis­cov­ered JBD via a Google search I be­came ac­tive as a Young Pa­tron and a vol­un­teer af­ter speak­ing with JBD’S vol­un­teer depart­ment.

What does your vol­un­teer­ing in­volve? Once a month, my wife Lynne and I run a break­fast club for the tenants in Mill Hill. We set up, pre­pare, cook, and serve break­fast to up to 22 tenants.

What do you most en­joy about vol­un­teer­ing? Bring­ing tenants to­gether who may not be able to so­cialise very of­ten and we try to cre­ate a fun en­vi­ron­ment. Most of all we en­joy the smiles and con­ver­sa­tions with tenants whose vi­tal­ity and en­thu­si­asm for life are con­ta­gious and so im­pres­sive.

What is your most mem­o­rable vol­un­teer­ing mo­ment? Prob­a­bly the first break­fast. Re­al­is­ing that my cook­ing wasn’t bad — the tenants came back — and dis­cov­er­ing how worth­while it was and how much joy a lit­tle ef­fort could bring.

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