- What’s your volunteer role? On the ‘shop floor’ at Bramley Community Shop.
I serve customers and put out goods and clothes.
- How long have you been a volunteer? About 10 years, at first as a bus escort, then came to the Stanningley Road shop when it first opened.
- Why did you get involved? I wanted to do something local that focused on older members of society, because other ‘causes’ are better supported.
- Three words that sum up BEA for you? community, caring, fun
- What do you get out of volunteering? I love getting to know more people from the local community. We’re all friends here and have a good laugh, so it feels much more than just a shop. And I spend loads on all the cheap clothes!
- What else do you like doing? I’ve been a psychology teacher at Leeds City College, since 1993. I teach on an access course for older people. I love listening to music, and going to gigs, particularly classic rock. And I’m learning to play the ukulele at Bramley Lawn.
- Where were you born? Belfast
- What’s your favourite book? ‘The Interpretation of Murder’ (Jed Rubenfeld)
- And your favourite film? ‘Life of Brian’
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself Years ago a friend persuaded me to go to a gym. I got on the treadmill at its slowest speed, and when I got off I was so light-headed that I had to be looked after!