Clive's 35,000 hours of caring

October 31 2019

Clive Iles, 83, has been volunteering at Brunelcare Deerhurst since 1998.

Clive's 35,000 hours of caring

Bosses have worked out that Clive has given up his spare time for 240 months, which works out at 1,000 weeks - or 7,100 days - over the past two decades.

He has now been presented with a certificate in recognition of his outstanding service.

Clive started his volunteering journey after his mother, who had been a resident at Deerhurst, passed away in the home. 

Since then he's been volunteering Monday to Friday, 7.30am-3.30pm, driving in every day from his home in Longwell Green.

Clive’s main day-to-day duties can include administration, ordering supplies, dealing with deliveries and feeding back to employees and managers if anything needs to be taken care of in the care home. 

Clive said: “I absolutely love volunteering, it keeps me busy and on my feet while I’m still able. I work with some fantastic people and really enjoy the social element of my role. 

“I’ve spent over 35 years working in the Royal Mail sorting office so I’m used to being organised and being around lots of people.”

Alongside being a dedicated volunteer for Brunelcare, Clive is also a qualified pilot and received his piloting licence when he was 70 years old.

Last year he won the Unpaid Carers Awards at the Great British Care Awards.

Lesley Hobbs, care home manager, said: “Life at Deerhurst wouldn’t be the same without any of our volunteers. Clive brings such a positive atmosphere to the office and the entire care home. Things always seem to run a lot smoother with Clive around. He’s built some great relationships with the residents and their families and he’s definitely very popular at Deerhurst. We really appreciate all of his help. He’s been and will continue to be an absolute star.”

Clive added: “In my spare time I enjoy tending to the garden, going for walks or meeting up for a coffee with friends. Volunteering makes the weekends special for me. Even though I fly less than I would like too, I enjoy going to the Bristol Flying Club, having a cup of tea and watching the planes come in.”

Deerhurst is fortunate to have a large group of volunteers, which includes others who have given more than 20 years with the care home, with the oldest being 88 years
old. 

Volunteers Michael Evans, Jenny Evans, Joan Frampton and Jean McCall are all nominated for the Volunteer Award at the Care and Support West Awards 2019. 

Brunelcare is a Bristol-based charity which provides housing, care and support for older people in the South West.

To find out more about volunteering visit www.brunelcare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/