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That’s more like it ….

Well, today’s volunteer session wasn’t all cold and misery as you can see.

Our volunteers are a hardy bunch and it takes a bit more than a hard frost, frozen soil and sub-freezing temperatures to put them off.  Thanks to Anne for adding a much-needed bit of festive cheer. Otherwise, we would just be a bunch of grumpy old men!

Very Sad News of Grant Allan

It’s with great sadness that I have to bring you news of the death of Grant Allan, one of our earliest and most popular volunteers.  Grant died at the weekend after a period in hospital following a serious fall on a night-out in September.  He was 34 years old.

Grant joined the GFAA Volunteer Squad in early August 2016.  He had just lost his job due to his work’s closure and, typically, he contacted us because he was determined not to be idle while he looked for work.  He quickly established himself as a regular and popular member of the team: he was quick to smile and full of fun.

Grant (on the right)

Grant was profoundly deaf and had been since childhood.  He was an excellent lip-reader, however, and had no difficulty in communicating. He loved the outdoors and never shirked hard work.  He confessed he was no gardener, but he was very keen to learn, especially as he wanted to be able to look after the garden at home for his Mum.

Left to right: Norman, Grant, Gill and Gordon.

He volunteered with us through 2016 when his health allowed.  He suffered a number of accidents, setbacks and injuries over that time, but they never stopped him wanting to help out and give back to others.  He also volunteered with CFINE and other charities over this time and was a keen runner and cyclist.

Grant last helped out on site in the Autumn of 2017, just before going into hospital for a cochlear implant. This was a success, allowing him to hear for the first time. He got in touch in May, saying he hoped to be back with us soon as new commitments and activities following his operation allowed.

Grant was a gentle soul, kind-hearted and generous to his core. I am sure that all who met him on site will join me in saying he will be very sadly missed.  Rest in Peace, Grant.

Evening Express Tribute

 

New Recruits

Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming Hazel, our most recent recruit to the volunteer squad, on-site for her first work session.

We had not realised Hazel came with a, “recruit one get two free” deal.

Joining Hazel for the day were her grandchildren, Maisie (aged 8) and Struan (aged 4).

What a team they are, making short work of raking up the leaves on the grass around the Octagon.

Better still, they brought their own good weather with them as the rain stopped on their arrival and the sun came out to say hello.

Hazel hopes to be with us on Saturday or Sunday most weeks as she waits for her name to get to the top of the waiting list for a plot.

 

Our Orchard Brae Project

Orchard Brae is a new school and nursery in Aberdeen, designed especially for pupils with additional support needs.

A number of weeks ago we were approached, asking if we could perhaps help with the development of their Nursery School garden.

Today we got a squad in place to make a start.  The re-seeding of the grassy areas in the playground was identified as a priority.

We had a good day, in great company, but in the heat, it was pretty hard going. We are going to have to make at least one return visit.  If you could spare a couple of hours to help out over the next few weeks, please see Stuart or me.

Thanks to Mike and Gordon, and especially Ron, who came along at short notice to lend a hand.

RGU Occupational Therapists Visit

It was a pleasure to welcome Elaine and her group of First Year RGU Occupational Therapy students on their visit with us today.

The purpose of the visit was to explore together ways in which the students could create outdoor and gardening experiences to benefit their clients.  In the first instance, these activities will centre on the Polytunnel and the raised beds.

Unfortunately, the weather did not exactly play ball, but the enthusiasm of the students more than made up for the cold and wet conditions.

Thanks also go to our volunteers, Gordon and Mike, who braved the weather to lend their support throughout the day.  We are very lucky to have them on board.

We look forward to many more RGU student visits and new, joint projects with faculty members in the future. It’s a great pleasure to see our involvement with RGU bear fruit and become even more productive.

Finger Licking’ Good

Daisy Domeracki checks out Gordon, our Volunteer and gives him the seal of approval.

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