MIKE is married to Bev, an art teacher, and has daughters, Sophie and Jess. Sophie lives in Paris and works at the University of Versailles. Jess is a nursery nurse but sadly Mike and Bev have not yet managed to get her out of their house to free up the room! Mike used to be a PAYE tax specialist with HMRC large business service until he retired due to generalised anxiety disorder and depression in 2014. Since then, he has worked in a care home for young adults with challenging autism. He is no longer under the care of Worcestershire Mental Health Services. Mike likes to run, go to the gym, practise tai chi, listen to music on his hifi and support Hull City. He would like to learn how to use his DSLR camera. He is nominally the club’s Treasurer but did a bit of everything really until recently.
CHRIS is a former PE teacher and carer for the elderly. She is a big believer in the importance of exercise and a healthy diet in helping us feeling well in mind and body. She walks between 4 and 6 miles every day! She is a doting grandmother to Toby and Max.
TONY spends a lot of time volunteering at various places, including here and Maggs Day Centre. While at The Survivors’ Club he is responsible for ensuring the kitchen runs smoothly, preparing tasty meals for volunteers and services users alike. He is quite techy with computers and will help out with anyone’s IT problems in exchange for a choccy biscuit or two.
VICCI works as a freelance translator in her day job and is married to Toby, a science teacher. She has a tolerate-hate (definitely not love-hate) relationship with healthy eating and exercise and is trying very hard to stick to Joe Wicks’s 90 Day SSS Body Coach plan at the moment. Over halfway through at the time of writing! In her (limited) spare time, she likes organising things, helping people, reading, watching far too many TV series on Netflix and going to the occasional dance class. She is toying with the idea of taking up singing again (bit nervous about that) or trying taekwondo or, on Mike’s recommendation: tai chi. Vicci suffers from intermittent low mood/mild-moderate depression and generalised anxiety at the moment and is in a constant struggle to self-manage them and watch her “spoons” (read about spoons here). She helps out with admin for The Survivors’ Club.
SUE has lived in Worcester for 28 years but originates from Nottingham. She is married to Mick and has a daughter called Sally. She loves reading about history and visiting historic sites. Her husband is really good and takes her all over the place to see them. She helps out with the administration side of things.
More volunteer bios coming soon.