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
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
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