Volunteer Jean honoured by Care Trust

Volunteer of the Year Jean Goodyear, left, with the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and her fellow finalists
Volunteer of the Year Jean Goodyear, left, with the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and her fellow finalists
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A caring Market Rasen woman has received a Volunteer of the Year Award for the help she gives at a Market Rasen care home.

Jean Goodyear has been volunteering at The Poplars in the town’s Chapman Street for more than seven years.

Now she has been recognised for her dedication by the Orders of St John Care Trust, who run the home.

“Jean will be here at the drop of a hat when we ask her to come and help us,” said the home’s activity co-ordinator Sheila Pickering, who, along with a number of residents, nominated Jean for the award.

“Nothing is too much trouble for Jean; she just gets on with things.

“She comes in regularly to give the residents manicures and helps in many other ways too.

“She is patient, kind and compassionate to all residents and is exceptionally good with those living with dementia.

“She is just a lovely, lovely person.”

Jean was amongst a number of people from the Trust’s 15 homes across the county recognised for their outstanding achievements at the awards ceremony held at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa.

Jean first became involved with The Poplars when her mother moved there.

“When I visited my mother, I always used to do her nails,” said Jean.

“Then another resident asked me to do their nails, then another and so it went on.

“When mum passed away, I stopped going, but then I thought that wasn’t fair on the other residents, so I went back.”

But it isn’t just nails - Jean helps out in many other ways too.

“When The Poplars has a coffee morning or other event I am happy to help out and I am always pleased to be an extra one to one to help an outing take place.

“I enjoy helping them out and it is very nice to be rewarded in this way for something I enjoy doing.”