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Wednesday, 2 December 2020


Veteran volunteer Terry hangs up his hat after 50 years’ service

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A much-loved figure at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is “riding into the sunset” after half a century of volunteering.

85-year-old Terry Roberts has been a charity volunteer since 1970 and is leaving his role with hospital charity Leeds Cares, to move closer to his daughter April in Beverley.

Terry is easily recognised in the hospital due to his big personality, Shakespearean quotes, and Wild West outfits – often found dressed as a cowboy or a US Civil War Cavalryman as part of his efforts.

Even into his 80s, Terry was always ready and willing to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in. His weekly LGI charity stall and supermarket bucket collections raised over £200,000!

After spending time with the Donkey Sanctuary, Wheatfields Hospice and St Gemma’s, Terry spotted an opportunity to fundraise for Leeds Cancer Centre after his wife sadly passed away from liver cancer in 1993.

Terry said: “I love fundraising because I can see what a difference it makes to people’s lives. I also love meeting new people and there are always new faces to chat to at the hospitals. I feel that raising money for the hospital is what I was put on this earth to do.

“I am often the first person patients and visitors see when they come to the hospital, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

“Often people come back into hospital many years after I first meet them. A lady once introduced me to her daughter who’d undergone a liver transplant as a baby 10 years ago. She said, ‘I bet you don’t remember us!’ but I did, and I was astonished that it had been ten years!”

“I am very proud to have helped people in the hospital. It’s incredibly humbling to be in a place with so many great doctors, nurses and NHS staff.”

Sharon Link, Head of Community Fundraising at Leeds Cares said:

“It’s been such a pleasure working with Terry over the years. He is such a selfless person giving so much of his time to volunteer. Charities rely on the support of volunteers such as Terry and Leeds Cares is always looking for new volunteers to help raise funds for Leeds Teaching Hospitals.”

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