Welsh Three Peaks Fundraising Challenge

Interview with a Volunteer: Andrew

Here at Woody’s Lodge, we have a team of fantastic volunteers that work hard to offer support to our veterans, emergency service leavers, reservists and their families. Meet a volunteer, Andrew, below!

1. What inspired you to be a volunteer?
I have always enjoyed being around the military and learning about its history. As well as this I wanted to help, encourage and build up those who needed it.

2. Tell us a brief bit about yourself?
I am a devout Christian and have been for over 40 years. I have sung in and out of choirs for nearly 50 years and currently sing for Swansea Gospel Male Voice Choir. I have been married for 32 years to my partner Carol and we have two sons aged 31 & 28.

3. Favourite Woody’s Lodge moment?
When we moved from HMS Cambria to the Amelia Trust Farm, I had not seen anyone for a few weeks and on my first day back I got a hug from Sian, which so far has been my favourite moment.

4. What do you like about volunteering at Woody’s Lodge?
I enjoy meeting new people, chatting and getting to know them and listen to there stories as well as challenging them to a good game of scrabble.

5. What skillset do you bring to Woody’s Lodge?
Knowledge, Empathy & Wisdom… with a dash of modesty!

6. What is your favourite joke?
What do you call a guy with no knees?

7. What inspires you to get up in the morning?
This is the day the lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad!

8. What hobbies do you enjoy?
I enjoy reading historical novels, crime fiction, thrillers and military books. I also enjoy reading about new languages such as German & French.

9. Which branch of the Armed Forces would you have liked to have joined?
I would have liked to have joined the Army as a tank driver or possible the Royal Marines.

If you have some time to volunteer with us at either our North or South Wales sites, Woody’s Lodge would love to hear from you! Contact the team on 01446 781792 (South Wales) or 01492 533954 (North Wales). You can also drop us an email at support@woodyslodge.org

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