We are saying a very grateful thank you to a small army

of volunteers who help them in a variety of ways as the nation celebrates National

Volunteers Week at the beginning of June.

Volunteers span all ages and backgrounds and carry out an extensive range of jobs from

helping keep the grounds tidy, assisting at events, helping with fund raising collections and

office administration to wrapping Christmas presents, putting up decorations and assisting

the staff who support the children and young people with physical and neurological

disabilities who use the services.

But it is not just the children who benefit from the work of volunteers, Rainbow House

believes it is important to support the whole family and parents can enjoy a range of

activities designed to help them relax and enjoy some time for themselves.  One of the

volunteers providing such a service is Len Daniels, 68,  from Ulnes Walton, Preston who

provides weekly reflexology for parents whilst their children attend conductive

education, physio or rebound therapy sessions.   Len was originally an industrial chemist

who developed an interest in alternative medicine when traditional medicines did not

help a friend who died. He trained in natural medicine, homeopathy and reflexology

over a number of years and was instrumental in persuading Wrightington Hospital to

run a trial into the effect of alternative medicine on arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

patients.   He became involved with Rainbow House when his daughter, who also does

some voluntary reception work at the charity, said they were looking for volunteers to

help with therapy sessions.

Len said, “It is very rewarding to be able to use the skills I have learnt over the years to

help others.  The parents find reflexology relaxing and beneficial for their health and

well-being.”

Another group of ladies who volunteer their services at Rainbow House events are the

Eccleston WI who have been serving refreshments for the charity for many years. 

They attend everything from family fun days to Christmas Fayres and Hilary

Pocklington said, on behalf of the Eccleston WI “we love helping people and

Rainbow House is such a deserving charity who do so much for the children

and parents and we wish them all the very best.”

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tracy Daglish, from Whittle le Woods, Chorley is responsible

for recruiting new volunteers and organising everyone to support the events and work of

the charity.  She originally worked as an administrator for Rainbow House several  years ago

and set up Friends of Rainbow House – the first volunteer group. Her daughter has

benefitted from attending Rainbow House for many years and Tracy returned two years

ago.

Tracy said, “On behalf of everyone at Rainbow House I would sincerely like to thank all our

amazing volunteers for their help and outstanding support, their contribution is invaluable

The Board of Trustees and Chair, former Chief Constable Pauline Clare CBE, are also all volunteers.

If anyone is interested in volunteering and would like more information, they can ring

01704 823276 or email t.daglish@thelegacy-rainbowhousecom or visit the web site

www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com

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