Great-gran still doing her bit at 95

Volunteer Laurel Cheverton at home. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d400274
Volunteer Laurel Cheverton at home. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d400274

The 95-year-old Maylands resident started volunteering for Meals on Wheels before helping at the local autumn centre where she still helps out occasionally despite a lack of mobility.

‘God has spared me to help others,’ she said.

‘In 1970 I was hit by a car in Claremont.

‘I was thrown 40 feet across the road and 12 feet in the air.

‘I was left unconscious and with many broken bones.

‘It took me a while to recover, but life is what you make it and I felt it was my job to help others any way I could.’

Mrs Cheverton, who was a first-aid officer during the war, said the small gestures were important and that volunteering brought pleasure to many people.

‘I help anyone I can and, as much as I can do to help, I’ll do,’ she said.

‘I still help with functions at the centre and I visit friends who have dementia.

‘It gives me something to do in life and it’s a pleasure to help others who aren’t able to help themselves.

‘A lot more people could do things to help others and they don’t have to be big things.’

The great-grandmother is among the six million Australian volunteers who will be recognised and celebrated with events held across the nation throughout National Volunteer Week.

Mrs Cheverton said she was looking forward to a local volunteers luncheon which would follow her 96th birthday next week.

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