SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
Celebrating Our Volunteers – Lorna
As part of National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June 2020, we are celebrating our amazing volunteers and saying a huge thank you to them for the invaluable contributions that they make to Newcastle Cathedral.
Here we shine a spotlight on Lorna, a Senior Steward at the Cathedral, as she shares a little about herself…
Describe your best weekend
One of my best weekends was when I travelled across part of Hadrian’s Wall and stopped at a caravan park half way back. It was a great trek and would highly recommended it for the views, not just for the re-enacting soldiers along the way.
Tell us about a memorable holiday / event
When I was younger my mum and I used to take short holidays in York. All of them were pretty special but on one occasion we had come out of a Burger King restaurant and there was a homeless man sitting in a doorway. I pleaded with my mum to buy him something, as it wasn’t fair otherwise, so that is what she did. We gave him his food, he thanked us and we went on our way back to our B&B. We’d only gone a few short seconds before we heard footsteps running behind us. He’d taken off his necklace, probably one of the few possessions he owned and gave it to me. He was so grateful and it touched my heart ever since. Definitely the best holiday experience I’d ever had.
Post-COVID-19, if you could be whisked away to anywhere for 2 dream days where would you go?
If I could be whisked away for two days, I’d love to go to a luxury spa, on my own. No excess noise, no problems, just pure pampering.
Have you tried any new foods or perfected any recipes during lockdown?
I can’t say I’ve developed many new recipes during the COVID-19 lockdown but I have learned that if you put olive oil or any cooking oil in pasta as you’re cooking it, it won’t stick to the pan. I’m no chef so the little things seem amazing to me.
Have you got any new hobbies you’ve picked up during lockdown?
Have I learned any new skills, yeah! Patience. Home-schooling is no easy path. Especially with a seven-year-old wannabe Princess Elsa and a four-year-old who’d rather pick his nose.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when COVID-19 is over?
First thing I will do after lockdown has ended is hug my mum, I really miss her coming over to my house and generally just having a great laugh. Also I’d really like to go to the library again. I miss my library visits.
How long have you volunteered at the Cathedral / what is your role / what made you choose to volunteer with us?
My role at Newcastle Cathedral is ever expanding. I have been there for around a year now and currently I am a Welcomer with the added bonus of being a Guide for the venue. I welcome visitors with a cheerful, hearty attitude and hopefully leave people feeling a little bit better about their day and a little wiser about the place they have come in to see. I was initially looking for something to do with my time whilst my kids were at school. My mum had previously volunteered at the Cathedral and it sounded okay so I thought I’d give it a go. I have grown to love the place like my own and the staff who work there are like a family all working together to make things happen.
How would others at the Cathedral describe you?
I would hope those who I work with at the Cathedral would describe me as being a helpful person, always happy to do what I can for others, that I treat everyone equally and I am good at what I do.
Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to the community and, as well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing and makes you feel great in return too!
It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.
If you have been inspired and are interested in becoming a volunteer at Newcastle Cathedral, please get in touch with our Project Manager, Lindy Gilliland, by email to find out how to get started.
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