24 February 2015

Harry celebrates twenty years of volunteering

Twenty years of volunteering by Harry Kane has been rewarded by Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Harry, 93, of St Albans, started volunteering at Grove House (then the Macmillan Runcie Day Hospice) in November 1994.

Harry was already volunteering both in the Cancer Research Shop and as a driver for the Red Cross but he still had more time and care to give and joined the charity as a driver, bringing patients to Day Hospice.

Harry explains: "I became a volunteer as I just wanted to give something back, usually I helped one day a week.

"I like volunteering and helping at Grove House fitted perfectly for me, it is a great team of people to work with and I have always enjoyed meeting so many different people."

In 2002, Harry ‘retired’ from driving and turned his amazing energy to become part of the ‘Cancer I’ team, helping patients on a Monday afternoon at the Prostate clinic in the St Albans Hospital, explaining how Grove House could support them.

Harry has now started yet another chapter in his volunteering life at Grove House, as he helps on a Tuesday morning at the Drop-In session.

Harry adds: "If you want to become a volunteer, go for it as you will be amazed at what you gain. It helps put some of your own problems into perspective too.

"Someone in your family might need to use the services at some time in their life so we need to ensure the charity continues and is able to go on giving the care that it does."

Harry was presented with a special commemorative glass long service award at a lunch held at Grove House on Wednesday.

Jane Carruthers, Volunteer Services Manager at Rennie Grove, said: "We would like to say a big thank you to Harry for all the support he and his family have given to Grove House. His time and commitment over the last 20 years have been invaluable and we look forward to it continuing for many more years."

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