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Volunteer brings Olympic spirit to local hospital

2 August 2012

Patients at Holywell Community Hospital caught a glimpse of history when a British Red Cross volunteer visited with his Olympic torch.

Robin Govier was one of the hundreds of people to carry the flame on its journey across the country, taking it through the streets of Rhuddlan in May.

The 72-year-old from Flint, north Wales, is a Red Cross home from hospital volunteer – supporting vulnerable people in their homes after being discharged from hospital. He wanted to give a bit back and organised to visit the hospital to show patients and staff the Olympic torch.

“The patients were all very pleased to see it and hear about my experience carrying it,” said Robin, who was nominated as a torchbearer by his partner Vivienne Hills. “It was a real treat for them and the staff, who all wanted to be photographed with it.”

Since carrying the torch through Rhuddlan, Robin, a retired teacher, has made more than 20 visits to schools, Brownie groups, nurseries and other clubs.

“I have become a bit of a local celebrity, I have never been photographed so much,” he joked. “But I am really enjoying it and there is still a huge amount of interest, most people are amazed at its size, colour and weight.”

Robin started volunteering for the Red Cross 14-years-ago and is currently volunteering on the home from hospital scheme, which has been operating in Flintshire since 1996. Scores of volunteers like Robin see up to 250 people a year in the county, helping them settle back in to home after a stay in hospital.

“I really enjoy volunteering,” he said. “A lot of the people I see are very lonely and I am able to give them something to look forward to, that brings me a huge amount of pleasure.”

Tom Hughes, Red Cross service development manager, added: “Robin is a dedicated volunteer, hard working and committed to helping other people. He is a highly valued member of the team and his enthusiasm shines through on a daily basis.”

To find out more about the service or to become a volunteer call 01352 718374 or email HFHFlintshire&Wrexham@redcross.org.uk 

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