Volunteer retires aged 90

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

Volunteer retires aged 90

Earl Mountbatten Hospice volunteer Kay Lang.

A LIFE-TIME of volunteering is at an end for a 90-year-old great-grandmother, who has finally taken a well-earned retirement from her role at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Kay Lang, 90, of Trelawny Way, Bembridge, began volunteering at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice 25 years ago.

Her involvement began after attending a talk at Bembridge Townswomen's Guild.

She trained with Cruse Bereavement Care to become a bereavement support volunteer in the past and was interested by the prospect of a bereavement team being established by the Macmillan Nurses at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Mrs Lang joined the team and remained in the role for 11 years before moving into the outpatient service, meeting and greeting patients. For the last eight years Mrs Lang, who regularly attends Bembridge Methodist Church, has worked within the Earl Mountbatten Hospice chaplaincy.

She said she enjoyed the camaraderie at the hospice and appreciated the dedication of the staff, adding: "It is a fantastic place to be involved with and they do a great job , it has been a privilege."

It is not her only voluntary work, having also worked with Save The Children, family planning, and the Methodist church in Potters Bar, Herfordshire, before moving to the Island 26 years ago.

After stepping down, Mrs Lang said she intended to devote time to small activities within Bembridge Methodist Church.

Hospice chief executive Jo Blackburn said: "Her dedication typifies the fantastic support that the hospice is fortunate enough to enjoy. But, it is a remarkable achievement that Kay has remained an active volunteer for so long and to such a good age."

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