Local charitable service was always a big part of Dad’s life. Giving his time, collecting money, organising and attending events, driving buses and always making himself available. Both directly and via his involvement in Rotary he helped many people and made many great friends.
These are three charities he was involved with and meant a lot to him:
Rennie Grove Hospice Careis a charity providing specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and west Herts. A unique Hospice at Home service, supports patients and their families to live the best quality life they can with a choice about how and where they are cared for towards the end of life.
Dad worked in partnership with Rennie Grove, a local charity, throughout his GP years, ensuring his patients received the palliative care and support they needed. Rennie Grove helped provide the essential dignified care that meant Dad could come home and be in his house with Mum and his friends and family for his last few weeks. We thank them for the compassionate and loving care they gave Dad.
St John Ambulance, a volunteer-led health and first aid charity - responding to emergencies, supporting communities and saving lives. Providing training, first aid supplies and event and ambulance service together with temporary medical centres.
Dad volunteered for St. John Ambulance in Oxfordshire between 1978 and 1993 and was the Chief Examiner for St John Ambulance Oxfordshire from 1994. In 1980 he was extremely proud to be awarded the Order of St John for Voluntary Service.
Risborough Area Community Bus(RACB) provides easily accessible transport in and around Princes Risborough and surrounding villages for all those, of all ages, inadequately served by public transport. RACB started services in 2010 and carries around 400 passengers a week.
Dad was a member of the project group that got RACB up and running, serving as Treasurer and Director of the Company until 2017. He was also a volunteer driver on the bus from 2010 to 2012 enjoying the satisfaction and camaraderie of driving passengers in and around the town.