FAIRFORD and District, University of the Third Age met for their last meeting of the year with Sally White describing her experiences of helping the vulnerable.
Sally, a retired nurse, thought she had missed the chance in her youth to travel to poor countries to help but when she found the Scripture Union was appealing locally for volunteers to go to Romania she asked if, with her experience, she could be considered.
After being cautioned about the challenges this would entail she was pleased to be accepted and delighted that her granddaughter was happy to join her.
For two summers (in 2018 and 2019) Sally went with a small group to the same village in southern Romania.
She explained the daily routines of helping with craft in the morning and visiting families in their homes in the afternoon.
Her reception was always warm despite the impoverished living conditions and the Romanian student volunteers spoke good English.
The evenings were always busy preparing the next day’s activities.
Having a second visit meant that Sally could see how much good the money left by the group the previous year had achieved, such as securing medical needs or buying a washing machine for an 80 year old, who otherwise had to do the washing by hand for a seriously ill daughter. The meeting ended on a happy note with members able to mingle and share seasons’ greetings while enjoying warm mince pies and mulled wine.