99-year-old Volunteer Returns to Ealing Hospital

Beryl Carr has been helping out at the Friend's Cafe for 17 years

99-year-old Beryl Carr returns to her volunteer role
99-year-old Beryl Carr returns to her volunteer role

A 99-year-old volunteer at Ealing Hospital is back at work after a year’s enforced absence.

Beryl Carr is one of the hospital’s longest serving volunteers having helped out at the Friend’s Café for the past 17 years.

As soon as guidelines allowed, she was back with colleagues for her first day out in over a year.

Beryl eschewed TV during the pandemic in favour of reading, crosswords and colouring books but admits it has ‘been a very boring 12 months’ cooped up in her flat.

“I haven’t seen anyone apart from my daughter so it’s lovely to get out again. The two social events of the year were getting my vaccines so it’s lovely to see everyone.”

Beryl won’t be returning to her usual spot on the cash till just yet but is keen to come back.

She added, “I originally moved to Ealing to be near my daughter when my husband passed away. I didn’t know anyone here so volunteered for something to do. It is good to be back. I feel I am doing something worthwhile and it’s nice to chat with people again.”

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May 20, 2021