I hope that you enjoyed reading yesterday’s blog, where we celebrated all things wonderful about our amazing volunteers. In keeping with this theme, today, I share with you the truly inspirational story of long-term volunteer and dear friend of Revitalise, Pam Cocksedge, whose invaluable contribution to our charity for many years led her to be awarded an MBE.
Pam’s connection to our charity first began back in 1973, when she and her late husband Noel embarked on their first volunteering experience with us. Recalling that very first day, Pam said: “The journey from our small island can be hazardous; gales – no boats, fog – no planes, but our first venture went smoothly, being met at the station by a friendly staff member. I am sure butterflies started to flutter, but no cause for concern, the doors opened, a sea of faces, staff and guests made us feel at home and we became part of the team and routine.”
It was in 2011 that Pam’s selfless dedication to our charity was given the recognition she so rightly deserved when she was presented with a prestigious MBE award as part of the Queens Birthday Honours list.
All these years later and Pam’s zest for helping others is as unrelenting as ever – now in her early 90s, Pam will have been pledging her time to our charity for an astonishing 31 years this year! Isn’t that just incredible!
Pam so eloquently described what her long-lasting connection to our charity means to her when she commented:
“After many years volunteering I can honestly say how fortunate I am to have met such wonderful guests and volunteers, they have become true friends and the guests and I have a bond. Revitalise really has become my second home and I hope more people follow my example and devote their free time to supporting this amazing charity and the fantastic work it does. You put lots in, but you get so much more back!”
All that’s left for us to say is a big thank you, Pam; you are a fond friend to us all. Your sheer kindness and generosity towards others has touched the lives of so many and we are ever grateful of your support.