Praise for selfless volunteers who light up the community

Helen Hoult

Diana Thomson

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TWO dedicated volunteers who spend their time making the world a better place for others have been praised by the people around them.

Selfless hospital volunteer Diana Thomson has been nominated for the Community Pride Volunteer of the Year award by hospital staff who say their ward would not be the same without her patient and caring attention to people recovering from illness.

As a dining companion, Diana spends as many as four days a week helping people with dementia on ward 37 of York Hospital.

Her nomination said: "Diana treats these patients with great dignity and respect helping mealtimes a pleasant and inclusive experience. She understands the patients needs and never rushes them giving them time to enjoy their meal whilst engaging with them throughout."

Holgate woman Helen Hoult is up for the same award for her role organising the West Bank Park Summer Fair. Helen stepped in to save the much-loved valued community event when the council this year announced it could not run the fair.

Her nomination has praised the commitment and hard work Helen put in, dedicating her evenings and weekends to make the day a success.

It said: "Well over 2,000 people attended and there were smiles everywhere you looked. The atmosphere was fantastic, it really brought the local community together.

"In an age of austerity, when so many neighbourhoods are losing the things they hold dear so books can be balanced, it's warming to know community spirit is alive and well."

 

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8:16am Mon 21 Jul 14

julia brica says...

If only we had people like this on the council. Wouldn't that be great.
Working tirelessly for the good of the Citizens of York. Instead we have
Alexander, Merritt, simply Wrong, Levene and England.
Working tirelessly to B****R up the place before they can be removed at the next elections.
If only we had people like this on the council. Wouldn't that be great. Working tirelessly for the good of the Citizens of York. Instead we have Alexander, Merritt, simply Wrong, Levene and England. Working tirelessly to B****R up the place before they can be removed at the next elections. julia brica
  • Score: -3

8:52am Mon 21 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

Well done Helen and Diana; lovely people. I'd recommend volunteering to anyone, you get so much back and see life in a much broader, healthier way. Saved my life in some ways.
Re the post above, can the affordable homes lobby just leave certain stories alone please, for those of us who don't want to spend each day slagging off others. Please - this has nothing to do with the Council or JA et al. Please show some respect.
Well done Helen and Diana; lovely people. I'd recommend volunteering to anyone, you get so much back and see life in a much broader, healthier way. Saved my life in some ways. Re the post above, can the affordable homes lobby just leave certain stories alone please, for those of us who don't want to spend each day slagging off others. Please - this has nothing to do with the Council or JA et al. Please show some respect. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 9

8:56am Mon 21 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Nothing to do with affordable homes Carole. Just great people doing a fantastic selfless service for others. How refreshing. I wish there was more of that about.
Nothing to do with affordable homes Carole. Just great people doing a fantastic selfless service for others. How refreshing. I wish there was more of that about. julia brica
  • Score: -6

6:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

julia brica wrote:
If only we had people like this on the council. Wouldn't that be great.
Working tirelessly for the good of the Citizens of York. Instead we have
Alexander, Merritt, simply Wrong, Levene and England.
Working tirelessly to B****R up the place before they can be removed at the next elections.
You just couldn't resist it could you.

The wonderful people in this story deserve all our praise gratitude and respect and all you can do is use it for yet another tedious political agenda moan. Despicable.

Like Carole says - have some respect.

I quote - "You just couldn't resist it could you?"
Stated by the churlish julia brica with ref to one of my totally on-topic comments elsewhere.


How sad.
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: If only we had people like this on the council. Wouldn't that be great. Working tirelessly for the good of the Citizens of York. Instead we have Alexander, Merritt, simply Wrong, Levene and England. Working tirelessly to B****R up the place before they can be removed at the next elections.[/p][/quote]You just couldn't resist it could you. The wonderful people in this story deserve all our praise gratitude and respect and all you can do is use it for yet another tedious political agenda moan. Despicable. Like Carole says - have some respect. I quote - "You just couldn't resist it could you?" Stated by the churlish julia brica with ref to one of my totally on-topic comments elsewhere. How sad. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Mon 21 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Hi Buzz................
..you ok.
Hi Buzz................ ..you ok. julia brica
  • Score: -3

8:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

julia brica says...

At last Buzz we can agree on something. The wonderful people in this story deserve our praise, gratitude and respect.
Unlike our council members who deserve our derision and disgust.
Well said mate.
At last Buzz we can agree on something. The wonderful people in this story deserve our praise, gratitude and respect. Unlike our council members who deserve our derision and disgust. Well said mate. julia brica
  • Score: -2

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