Winifred Muir has become the third volunteer with Rothesay’s Cancer Research UK shop to win a Flame of Hope Honorary Fellowship Award from the charity.
Winifred first started her work with Cancer Research UK back in 1992 when it was Imperial Cancer as manageress of London branch. When she moved to the island in 2002 she started volunteering for the Montague Street shop, and has done so ever since.
Winifred told us: “I first got involved with the charity when my father was diagnosed with cancer, as was my husband [Tom]. Every little helps and if I can do anything to help prevent another man - or anyone for that matter - from going through what they did then it’s worth it.”
Shop manager, Anna Harrison, told us: “Winifred was the first volunteer I ever worked with. After training in the Paisley store for just eight days, I stepped into Rothesay Cancer Research UK one May morning feeling nervous, somewhat disorientated and, quite frankly, pretty panicky at the thought of leading an established team of volunteers who I could only imagine were waiting to see what I was made of.
“As we opened up the shop together, Winifred exuded a sense of calm which she is famous for amongst her colleagues. I felt like I’d known her for years. No judgement or expectation of any kind came from her as I scurried about pretending to know what on earth I was up to and the composure started to rub off on me.
“In the few short minutes we spent before we opened the doors, I realised that although the training I had received would form the building blocks, the heart of the job I had just taken on was really going to be about growing and maintaining relationships of mutual trust and support and certainly, this is what Winifred has offered me over the years in bucket loads.”
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