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Great-gran hoping to build on 23 years of volunteering at Royal Preston Hospital once Covid restrictions allow

Posted on - 18th March, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Health, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Kathleen Wallace
Kathleen is missing her volunteering role during the pandemic

A great-gran whose 20-plus years of volunteering at Royal Preston Hospital was halted by Covid-19 is hoping to get back to the role as soon as possible.

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Kathleen Wallace, who is 78 and has two sons, two daughters and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, has lived in Preston all her life.

For the past 23 years, Kathleen has spent an hour a day at RPH in the rehabilitation department, making hot drinks and chatting to patients.

Kathleen, who lives in Broadgate, said: “Doing this work through Lancashire Volunteer Partnership gets me out of the house and keeps me active.

“I enjoy visiting the staff for a chat as well as meeting the patients and often seeing people who I know. I’ve made lots of friends during my time there.”

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Unfortunately it was decided for Kathleen’s own safety that she wouldn’t be able to continue her visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I miss going but like many others I have to keep safe.

“I’ve got a Yorkie called Frankie who I enjoying taking out for little walks each day.”

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Kathleen’s daughter, Yvonne Derbyshire, said: “Mum is hoping to go back to the rehab department to carry on with her voluntary work as soon as she is allowed.

“It’s such a lovely, kind-hearted thing to do. The family is so proud of her.”



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