Volunteer of the Year!
Posted by Kelly Thomas on Friday 5th February 2016
At the end of 2015 we nominated our incredible volunteer, Pamela Galloway, for the Bath Community awards – volunteer of the year award.
On top of all of Pamela’s local community commitments as a hydro therapist for disabled children, she volunteered for us at Cheshire Services; a service for orthopaedic and social rehabilitation service for children and young people with disabilities in Ethiopia. A hydrotherapy pool was built but as none of the staff have hydrotherapy training, and indeed the majority cannot swim, Pamela saw that her skills could be put to good use and took on this mammoth task.
Pamela undertook a self funded trip to Addis Ababa to bring therapy, exercise and fun to another group of disabled children. In a one week trip Pamela taught staff members the importance of health and safety in the water, exercises, skills and techniques and how to work and have fun with the children in the pool. All this work has been absolutely vital, without Pamela the pool would have remained unused. She has made an invaluable difference to the lives of both the children and staff.
Pamela was up against strong competition in Bath and unfortunately did not wint the over all prize but she remains our volunteer of the year!