Laura Humphries reaches quarter of a century of volunteering
Laura Humphries is a familiar face in our Regent Street shop, and this year, on the eve of her 90th birthday, she will celebrate 25 years as a Prospect Hospice volunteer.
Originally from Durham, Laura moved to Swindon with her late husband in 1952 when her husband was stationed with the Duke of Wellington Regiment. Laura was a full-time mum to her three daughters and, after they had grown up, she worked at Pine Tree Care Home for 14 years. It was by chance that Laura was passing one of our shops when they were recruiting volunteers.
Laura loves her role and can't speak highly enough about the benefits of volunteering for the hospice: "Volunteering is a wonderful thing, especially if you're retired, because it does you good to get out and meet people. Volunteering is a purpose of life."
Having volunteered in the shops for so many years, Laura has met some very interesting people along the way, including the Mayor of Swindon: "They came into the shop once to buy a suit. I helped pick the right one, with some black suede shoes to match.”
Laura Williams, Shop Manager at our Regent Street store, said: "Laura has a lot of pride in our store and loves nothing more than hearing customers compliment the shop. She always likes to hear if we've had a good sales week."
She continued: "Laura has been with us for 25 years and does two shifts a week. She's always the first to help us if we're short of volunteers for a day. Laura's known by all of our long time regulars, who always ask after her if she isn't here, and the younger ones soon get to know her cheeky sense of humour and wise words."
Laura Humphries concluded: "I would encourage anyone to volunteer - whether you're young, unemployed, retired... Volunteering is a gift that gives you so much in return."
Thank you to Laura for her many years of dedicated hard work!