Olive, 99, to make 100 bouquets of flowers in the garden for the benefit of the Hospice du Bon Pasteur
As her 100th birthday approaches, Olive is organizing 100 bouquets of flowers in her garden to create 100 smiles and raise funds for the Good Shepherd Hospice at the same time.
Olive Minors, who will receive her telegram from the Queen in September, has been involved with the Hospice for more than 30 years. She has a long history of volunteering since the age of 17.
Born in Bristol and raised in Surrey, Olive began volunteering every weekend at Carshalton War Memorial Hospital and, at the start of World War II, she joined the British Red Cross at British Red Cross Hospital. Sutton emergency, treating seriously injured soldiers from Dunkirk and the blitz.
Later in her volunteer life, Olive became a puppy walker for Guide Dogs for the Blind and joined the Chester Flower Club, hosting flower festivals and decorating Westminster Abbey on two occasions.
Olive’s long association with the Hospice du Bon Pasteur has led her to organize flower arrangements for many years, to the delight of patients and staff.
As the coronavirus kept Olive at home, she was kept busy in the garden and used flowers donated by Marks & Spencer to compose bouquets for patients and their families.
The hospice will post regular social media updates for people to follow Olive’s progress, with a JustGiving page set up to help her raise funds along the way.
And Olive has already surpassed her Â£ 500 fundraising goal, with over Â£ 600 raised online so far.
Sue Beckett, Volunteer Services Manager at The Good Shepherd Hospice, added, âWhen Captain Tom Moore started fundraising, I told Olive she could give him what he paid for.
âShe has been a committed and passionate hospice advocate from the very beginning and is the perfect example of a good citizen.
“She has so much respect from everyone at the hospice and from her neighbors in the local community.”
Volunteer Week, which takes place this week (June 1-7), is an opportunity to celebrate and thank volunteers for the important role they play in their community.
To donate to the Olive’s Justgiving page, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/olive-minors