Ray, lives in Kiveton, South Yorkshire, with his wife Christine. He helps in the kitchen at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice one day a week, as well as in one of Bluebell Wood’s shops in Worksop. 

Ray said: “When I retired I thought about taking a part time job to keep me occupied. I enjoy fishing, but you can only do that so many times a week, so my wife Christine and I kept our eyes open for opportunities.

“One day we were in Worksop when we saw an advert in the window of the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice shop, asking for volunteers. We went in and offered and before we knew it were volunteering a day a week at the shop, then we started helping one day a week in the hospice’s kitchen.  

“Bluebell Wood cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions and their motto is ‘living with love and laughter.’ It really gives me satisfaction working here because you know you’re doing something that’s really needed and appreciated. I don’t feel as if I’m in my 70s partly because coming here, keeping active and doing what we can is so enjoyable.

“I’ve already recommended it to my friends and I’d advise everyone to volunteer for charity because it’s so fulfilling.”

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