21st ANNIVERSARY EVENT
September 2018 marked the 21st year of Basingstoke NeighbourCare. A tea party celebration was held at the Anvil. Present were the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, NeighbourCare Patron Lady Portsmouth and the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane.
Basingstoke NeighbourCare chair Colin Hunsley said: “I would like to thank our drivers and all the other wonderful volunteers who provide our driving and befriending service. They are what make this charity a success, without them we would be nothing. I would also like to thank our Coordinators who provide the glue that links the clients and their requirements to the volunteers who provide the services.”
The event was attended by people who have been with the charity for many years including Gerald Merritt who has been a volunteer driver for 14 years after spotting an advert in the Gazette. Gerald said: “It’s so interesting to do as you get to meet so many different people, I really could fill a book with the stories I get told. “You really get to know the people that you drive around and for some people you are the only other person they will see that day and they really open up to you. They always appreciate us, and we are lucky to have this service here.”
Borough Mayor Cllr Sean Keating, who was a volunteer driver with NeighbourCare for 10 years, after he took early retirement, said: “I’m delighted with how NeighbourCare is now. It is very well organised, and it was great fun when I was doing it.
The Celebration Tea Party was attended by 100 volunteers, previous staff and Trustees, associated charities including Basingstoke Voluntary Action and members of the County and local Council. A special Celebration Cake was enjoyed by everyone.
10 YEAR AWARDS
Congratulations and a big thank you to Andrew and Derek for completing 10 years as volunteer drivers with Basingstoke NeighbourCare.
15 YEAR AWARDS
Many congratulations to our four long serving volunteers Val, Jim, Janet and Alan who, in 2015, completed 15 years with Basingstoke NeighbourCare:
Volunteers Val (left) Jim (right), with Lady Portsmouth (centre). We are very sorry to announce that Jim has passed away. He will be very much missed by all.
Volunteer Alan with Cherry Clayton and Diana Charnell
Their clients say that they are kind and caring and do not know what they would do without them. Thank you so much.