Glasgow grandparents call for more children’s charity volunteers
Monday, 04 June 2018
A grandad who delivers breast milk to sick and premature babies across Scotland is leading a call-out for volunteers to help at the country’s largest children’s hospital.
Sandy Henderson - who volunteers for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity with wife Shelia – is part of a team of volunteer drivers, covering thousands of miles each year, ferrying milk to mums and their babies for Scotland’s only Donor Milk Bank service
The 78-year-old, a former prison officer, from Lenzie in East Dunbartonshire, said: “You get the chance to do your bit to help thousands of sick kids and their families, and you also get the chance to meet lots of great people. I drive miles each week – sometimes as far as Pitlochry or down to the Borders – and get to meet families and other volunteer drivers. Most people have a few hours to spare during the week to give a little bit of help. I’d encourage anyone to give it a go.”
Sandy’s wife Shelia, 71, has volunteered for the charity since 2015. And spends at least four hours a week supporting the hospital’s neonatal unit by helping to set up seminars for parents of premature babies, and even reading stories to babies on the ward.
They are both encouraging others to step up and give their time to support the charity’s work.
Their call comes as National Volunteer Week (1st-7th June) gets under way, and the charity seeks even more people to join its team of 200 volunteers who donated a total of 17,000 hours across the past year.
Former neonatal nurse Sheila added: “I started volunteering with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity after volunteering at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – first of all in the hospital’s fundraising hub before moving onto the neonatal ward. It’s incredibly rewarding to even give a few hours a week to support such a great cause – me and Sandy take so much from it.
“The charity does fantastic work and there’s so much to be done. If everyone volunteered, and gave just a little bit of time, it could make such a difference. It doesn’t need to be a huge commitment, and you can choose how much time to give to make sure it fits in with your life.”
Shona Cardle, chief executive of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Sheila and Sandy are just two examples of the kind-hearted people volunteering to support our work. We are indebted to them for the time they give to help the children being treated at the hospital, and their families.
“We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated team of generous volunteers. This year we hope to welcome even more fundraising volunteers to our team to join us at events across the country shaking buckets, cheering on participants and supporting local fundraising initiatives. It doesn’t matter how much – or how little – time you are able to give, every minute makes a huge difference.”
To join the team of volunteers for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, visit www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org or call 0141 212 8750.