Joan Frampton, who celebrates her 90th birthday this week, has dedicated over a quarter of her life to volunteering at Brunelcare.
Joan originally began volunteering when her mother, Vi, became a resident at our Deerhurst care home 23 years ago. Her mother was the 5th person to live at the care home upon its opening in 1997, which means Joan has been at Deerhurst from the very beginning!
A year into her mother’s stay, Joan spotted a notice asking for volunteers and became one of the first to join, with a team of only eight volunteers at the time. When Vi sadly passed six months later, Joan wanted to give something back to Deerhurst. She decided to stay on and has dedicated her time to volunteering at the home ever since.
Joan said: “When I volunteer it feels like I’m giving something back, even if I just go out and smile at someone. If I just go up and say hello or get on their wavelength we can have some sort of conversation…it feels like I’m doing something good.”
During her time at Deerhurst, Joan set up a shop with another volunteer, and soon began taking part in day trips and activities with residents. She regularly attends the summer fayre to hand out refreshments, and sells a range of Christmas goodies at the yearly Christmas fayre.
While Joan is sadly unable to go into the home during the pandemic, this hasn’t stopped her from volunteering at home! She writes birthday cards for every resident across the year, and even sends special Easter and Christmas cards to commemorate the holidays.
Her devotion and loyalty to Deerhurst shines through in her work, and she inspires everyone at Brunelcare with her friendly smile and warm nature.
Lesley Hobbs, Care Home Manager at Deerhurst, said: “Joan is so unassuming and embodies kindness. She underestimates how much it helps to know that cards are done, and she reminds me when it’s a special birthday too, so we wanted to ensure that she knows how valued she is on her special day - we love you Joan!”
We would like to thank Joan for her incredible dedication to our Deerhurst care home across the last 23 years. Happy Birthday Joan!
To find out more about volunteering at Brunelcare, click here.
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