Case Study: Not the Retiring Types
Beryl and Peter Tawn may be retired but their lives are far from quiet. Members of a walking group and busy grandparents, Beryl and Peter have also found time to help The Pied Piper Appeal. “It is about five years now since we began volunteering,” explained Beryl. “We popped into the office for a cup of tea and talked things over. We have been involved ever since.”
Beryl and Peter had never helped with a charity before but the variety of events that the couple have become involved in is quite impressive. Beryl regularly helped with The Pied Piper stall in Gloucester market, and has helped with the refreshments at the various Highnam Court events and, with Peter, organises and mans a checkpoint at the Walkathon.
Peter has a great love of books and has helped on the book stall at various events, he also volunteered during two seasons at Gloucester Rugby ground. This year Peter took on the huge role of being Walkathon Route Master which involves ensuring the footpaths are clear, the written directions are correct and signage is accurate on the day of the walk.
But it’s not always outdoor events that the couple help with. One of their regular volunteering activities is done in the comfort of their own home, while watching TV or waiting for dinner to cook. “We usually help to stuff envelopes at home when there is a big mailing to be done.” said Beryl.
“I enjoy going into the office and having a chat with the girls,” she explained. “When you leave work you miss the social side and the daily contact with people. The best thing is that unlike work you can do it to suit yourself and we don’t have to feel obliged to do a certain number of hours.”
“I’d recommend it to anyone who has a few hours spare - just go along and see what you think.”