Volunteers wanted for the next chapter

Sandra McGowan and RVS volunteer Geoff Pickles
Sandra McGowan and RVS volunteer Geoff Pickles

Sandra McGowan has been selecting library items for housebound people in Burnley for more than 34 years - but needs help as she plans for the next chapter.

By running the Home Library Service (HLS) since 1980, she has ensured hundreds of the town’s housebound residents always have something to read.

Sandra’s selfless work has recently been recognised as she was nominated by her colleagues for Frontline Hero in the Lancashire County Council Pride awards and made it to the final of the East area award ceremony.

But she admits the service could not run without her team of kind-hearted helpers - and is appealing for more to come forward. She said: “The nomination is not just for me, I felt that it was also very much for my frontline volunteers – the Royal Voluntary Service volunteers who go out and deliver the books.” Sandra and the RVS would love to sign up more volunteers as they look to continue taking out books, CDs and DVDs around the area.

They are searching for four volunteers to give up a small amount of time every three weeks to help out those who cannot make it to the library.

Book fan Geoffrey Pickles has been doing just that for 17 years and explained: “People are so appreciative.

“They love to see a familiar, friendly face while those who are visually impaired are always happy to hear a friendly voice.

“They are all so keen to get their hands on the next library delivery. We also deliver talking books.”

RVS are currently looking for volunteers who could assist with deliveries in the Coal Clough and Lyndhurst Road areas.

Anyone interested must have their own car and be available to help on weekdays every three weeks.

For more information, call Sandra on 01282 463761 or 01282 437115.