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Eighty year old Ian clocks up 1,500 volunteer hours

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

An 80 year old who 12 year ago became a ‘motivator’ and has clocked up more than 1500 hours of volunteering in this role and is still going string. 

Ian Murray had a heart attacked in 2005 and following his cardiac rehab programme had a gym induction at Eastwood Leisure Centre. 

He recalls how daunting it was to show up at a gym having just had a heart attack but with the support of other it spurned him to give up his own time and giving back to those who need his help getting settled into their healthier lifestyle. 

Ian’s role is to make people feel at ease during their gym session, chatting to them, reminding them how to turn on and off equipment, finding their programme cards and even remembering which exercises are which. 

He does so with laughter and good cheer making the gym a very welcoming place to be.  

Chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, Anthony McReavy said: “Ian is a real inspiration to everyone on the Live Active programme, which we deliver in association with Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS.

“He certainly deserves this recognition for the amount of time he puts in volunteering and how effectively he uses his experiences to help and encourage others to get fit and healthy.” 

Margaret Young, volunteering strategic lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We are very proud of our volunteers who give their time so selflessly to provide non-clinical support to our patients, staff and visitors. They come from all walks of life; and from youngest to oldest (which is 17 – 80 years old), they make a valuable contribution to enhance many of the services we provide to our patients. 

“There are lots of reasons why people choose to volunteer; to help others, learn new skills, make new friends, improve employment prospects, increase confidence; and become involved in the local community.” 

Ian is a great example of someone who has overcome adversity and is now living a fitter and healthier lifestyle.  He is a role model for the Live Active programme and takes his role very seriously. 

He goes over and above for clients, never misses a session and even turns up sometimes when the instructors have a day off, just in case someone arrives in error! 

Ian has a star quality that few possess, with such a warm engaging personality, he lights up the gym with his presence.  His personality spans all age groups, he can relate so well to young people who are struggling with mental health or disability as well as older adults with long term conditions. 

He was recently reward with Volunteer of the Year Award in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Awards. 

Ian emulated what it is to be a volunteer – friendly, sincere, kind, dedicated and full of fun! 

For more information on becoming a volunteer visit http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/working-with-us/volunteering/ or telephone 0141 201 0358 or email [email protected]

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