Dorothy Barnett has been volunteering at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester for over a decade, and at the age of 99 she shows no sign of stopping. Here she shares what drives her to give her time to the hospice.
Mrs Barnett, who celebrated her birthday in January, is the hospice’s oldest volunteer, and has two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandson. She volunteers up to four times a week at one of the hospice’s charity shops, sorting donations from the public, and has made friends in her role.
“I just look forward to the days volunteering here for St Richard’s Hospice,” she says. “I feel we are helping people that need help. My heart is here and it always will be.”
“I enjoy the sorting and finding the good things. There are exciting things that have come in – you think, ‘my gosh we’re so lucky’”.
The nonagenarian first began volunteering in charity shops aged 40 and has supported a number of causes, along with managing her family’s grocery shop for 10 years.
She also previously worked at Evesham Hospital as Domestic Supervisor and was a keen swimmer in her youth. When asked for her secret to keeping active in her nineties, she said, “I put it down to willpower and having the right genes.”
Dan Corns, commercial director at St Richard’s, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Dorothy for giving her time so generously to the hospice.
“She is a great personality with seemingly endless energy for her work and is always ready with a smile. We feel lucky to have her volunteering with us.
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