Harry and Neil's story
“It has such a positive benefit for my dad.”
Our volunteers provide support and comfort for not only their Move Mates, but the wider community, including beneficiary’s families. An excellent example of this is Move Mate pairing Neil and Harry.
Neil started volunteering with us to help encourage more people to get moving. He was paired with Harry and they walk every week, often popping into the shops for a paper and having a sit down and a chat along their way.
Neil’s company benefits Harry immensely, giving him something to look forward to during the week and providing him with some good company. Neil and Move Mates has also had a huge impact on Harry’s family, his daughter in particular. Lisa, Harry’s daughter, spoke to us about her and her dad’s experience with Move Mates so far.
Lisa is the sole carer for her dad, living over a 2 hour round trip from him, so she was interested to learn about Move the Masses. When she first suggested our walking buddy project to Harry he was a little reluctant as he is quite introverted and worried about finding a volunteer who would be happy walking at his slower pace.
“I never feel pushed or rushed as I’m a slow walker. I really don’t think there will be many as good and as helpful as Neil.”