LOOSE Women panellist and Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson, 59, is nominating Basil Priest, 86, for the Who Cares Wins Best Volunteer award, after he has spent 3 decades giving up his time to the Marie Curie Hospice.
The retired electricity house technician from Llandaff, South Wales, started volunteering for the Hospice in 1987, just 7 days after his wife of 30 years and adore of his life, Beryl, 55, upheld divided from breast cancer at the Holme Tower Marie Curie Hospice, Penarth.
He has helped an estimated 9,000 patients – and even some-more kin – in their final days.
And he does it to give back to the gift who allowed his wife to die in dignity.
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LINDA, a Marie Curie ambassador, says: “When my silent Rita first became ill, it was such a worrying time.
“She stopped eating and went into the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London, for a week’s remit care.
“But she fast declined and finished up staying there for the next 5 months until she died, aged 75, from stomach cancer.
“I can't tell you how understanding the hospice staff were. Every time we walked by the door, there was a grin and a kind word.
“Characters like Basil are what make hospices such happy places and we am positively anxious to be means to commission him for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Best Volunteer award.
“Thirty years of volunteering is an implausible achievement.
“It’s people like Basil, with his impertinent clarity of humour and ardent dedication, who need to be recognized and rewarded.
“They are the ones that help things run smoothly, the ones who check the oxygen supply is full, change the light bulbs and transparent the balderdash away. It is an useful job.
“Watching mum’s decrease in the final months was a unpleasant knowledge but there’s no doubt that it was finished so much easier by the affability of staff, like Basil, who looked after her.”
BASIL says: “I am anxious to be nominated for the Who Cares Wins Best Volunteer award.
“It is such an honour – and for something we really adore doing.
“I do it since we like to consider I’m being useful and giving something back for looking after Beryl. we was ravaged when she died.
“But the staff at the hospice could not have been kinder. Nothing was too much trouble.
“A few days after she upheld divided we asked if we could come back and help as a volunteer. we started work a week after and never looked back.
“I’ve finished all from attractive and carrying in the kitchen, mowing the lawn, changing light bulbs, and disposing of rubbish.
“I also drive the hospice automobile to internal hospitals to collect up remedy or bloods and checking on oxygen supplies.
“I’ll always offer a grin and infrequently have a discuss with patients or their families.
“I try not to get emotionally concerned with the patients at the hospice but it’s always distressing when we see immature people and children there.
“I like to consider of it as a stairway to sky with a staff of angels since they really are. It’s such a happy place.”
“I wish Beryl would be proud.”
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