“Hi! I’m Kara, I’m 39 years old and I’m a proud Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) volunteer with CBCHS.
I met the amazing Heather Paterson, who is 82 years young, during lockdown in August 2021. It was love at first sight via a video call until we were finally allowed to meet in person and go for a socially distanced, masked walk a few months later. Luckily we lived within each other’s 5km zone!
It’s funny because if you ask me, I get more from our visits than Heather! But Heather will tell you differently of course. She’s cheeky like that!
I decided to volunteer because I wanted to give back to the community and hopefully make someone’s day just a little brighter.
It’s funny how I ended up making my own days brighter in the process. I lost my Mum in 2016 to cancer and I miss her every day. I soon discovered that having someone as beautiful and kind as Heather in my life felt as though I had a Mum again.
I have met all of Heather’s family now, her daughters have even called me their honorary sister and Heather now proclaims that she is my surrogate Mum! I can’t tell you how special it is for me to be a part of Heather’s life and I know she loves having me in hers as she tells me every day! I’m volunteering my time but what I get in return is truly priceless.
None of our visits are ever the same. I could pop in for a coffee during my lunch breaks or spend an afternoon with Heather at the local shopping centre, chasing her around on her scooter! Then every 6 weeks we even go and get our nails done at the salon together. We laugh, we cry, we joke! It’s very special.
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