DIY in Memory of Mum9 August 2012
BIRMINGHAM bank worker Lorraine Godfrey rounded up a team of colleagues to help decorate John Taylor Hospice after staff and volunteers here cared for her mother.
Lorraine and her daughter Charlotte Holland were so pleased with the support given to mum and grandma Margaret Coull, who died from lung cancer on 8 March at the age of 71, that they decided to offer their decorating skills to the Hospice.
And the duo from Great Barr were supported by Lorraine’s colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group and friends who formed a team of nine to help decorate the Hospice’s Bluebell Room.
Roll over Changing Rooms
The group spent the entire day at the Hospice on 8 August painting the room as well as providing pictures, picture frames and other decorations.
Lorraine, a 49-year-old manager at Lloyds Banking Group Business Change in Brindleyplace, said: “After mum died Charlotte and I really wanted to do something to give back to John Taylor Hospice as they really cared for her.
“When I told colleagues, they said they would help me so we all came along together to do the work. It has been a really fun day, people here have been very welcoming and it has been lovely to give something back.”
Ann Stanley adds the finishing touches
And it is a relationship with both John Taylor Hospice and Lorraine are keen to continue.
“We are going to come back later in the autumn to do something else and we have raised some money for the Hospice as well,” said Lorraine.
Charlotte, aged 22, a Flow Leader at Lloyds Banking Group Securities Centre in Colmore Row, added: “It was really good that everyone wanted to support us and come along and help, we have really enjoyed being here.”
Ready and willing volunteers
Volunteer coordinator at John Taylor Hospice Lynn Bradford said: “We are extremely grateful to Lorraine for organising the team to come and help out in decorating the Hospice.
“The Bluebell Room is totally transformed and looks great which is totally down to their efforts.
“John Taylor Hospice is fortunate in the support it receives from community teams who give up their valuable time to invest their efforts in the Hospice. We are always keen to forge and build those links and relationships with individuals, groups and businesses.”
*For more information on volunteering at John Taylor Hospice see the website www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk or contact Lynn on 0121 465 2047.