WHETHER they were “nagged by Pam (Templeton)”, unable to give blood or drawn in by the colourful atmosphere of the centre, each volunteer at the Hamilton Red Cross Blood Donor Centre had their own reason for signing up.
It was 20 years ago that Anne Cowland walked in for the first time, on the day of her mother’s funeral; she’s been helping out ever since.
Gail Dimond was told she could no longer donate blood because of a problematic medication, so chose to continue her support by donating time.
“I came here as a volunteer just after my husband died and it lightened my life,” Barb ‘Barbie Doll’ Dahl said in a speech.
“I feel like you’re all family and now I feel shattered.
“I think it’s a marvellous opportunity and I think it’s really sad to see it go.”
The tight-knit group of women may have worked their final day together but each of them made emotional pledges to carry on the friendships.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, January 18, 2014