Our befriending volunteer, Carmel has been visiting Mary since May 2018. In that time they have developed a great friendship with Mary really enjoying their chats. As she is largely bed bound, Mary doesn’t go out at all and the only other people she sees on a daily basis are her carers who do not have a lot of time to spend with her. Her hearing loss can also make communication with them difficult. Despite all this, she remains remarkably upbeat and enjoys a joke and a laugh during Carmel’s weekly visit. Mary said: “I’d just like to thank you, you couldn’t have introduced me to a more wonderful woman. We have some great chats, we’re both fed up with Brexit. I love to laugh and Carmel makes me laugh.” Mary also likes to reminisce about her earlier life with her husband Fred when they both went dancing in the Floral Hall and the Plaza in Belfast. Recently, Mary has been unwell and had to go into hospital. Carmel continues to visit her there and she is always very glad to see a friendly face.
Please help us raise money so we can continue to support people like Mary:
£10 could allow one volunteer to travel from Belfast to Bangor to befriend someone living there.
- £25 could allow one volunteer to take the person they visit out for an hour or two.
- £50 could fully train a volunteer so they can provide much-needed companionship.
Action on Hearing Loss is currently seeking volunteers for a minimum of 2 hours to help with the collections. Festive attire is encouraged and volunteers will be provided with hot drinks and Christmas treats.
Norma Kelly, Regional Volunteer Manager at Action on Hearing Loss, said: ‘Isolation has become such a major issue for many older members of the community living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Please take the time this Christmas to help us support them – we need you!!’