The run up to Christmas is a busy time for veteran volunteer and chief decorations supervisor Pam, who dedicates around four days a week of her free time to helping the smooth running of the 68 bed home. But bringing a bit of sparkle to the décor to delight the residents and tenants isn’t her only skill. Pam started volunteering during the years her father was a resident at the care home. She decided to continue her service to help other residents in the same way she helped her own father and received the Unsung Hero Award in honour of the invaluable insight and support she bring to all aspects of daily life at The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society.
Care Home Manager, Anne Kasey, said ‘Pam is a reassuring listener for friends and family because she is such a lovely and approachable lady. People feel able to share any concerns they have with her and she’s always happy to provide any extra support we need.
“Pam assists with every aspect of life at our busy site at Weston Acres, from escorting residents to hospital and sitting with those who need a hand to hold, to filling in Christmas and birthday cards and putting up decorations for our special events and celebrations. Whether it is organising refreshments for a summer or birthday party, Pam is always there to lend a helping hand and it is clear helping others affords her great pleasure.
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Chief Executive, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, said: “Pam is an enthusiastic and committed volunteer who has always lent her energies so generously to the Society as a whole and the residents in particular.
“Nowhere is this truer than in the case of a resident with whom Pam has a particularly close relationship. She recently put together a book on his naval career and they worked together to include as many facts as possible about his life. This book is a particularly prized possession of one of our longest serving residents, who has been with us for nearly 20 years. The work that Pam puts into their relationship and the companionship she provides to him, as well as the other residents, is invaluable.”
The Royal Alfred Seafarer’s Society offers a full range of care, particularly to elderly, infirm or disabled former seafarers from across the UK, providing them with comfortable and safe accommodation.