Meet Barbara and Terry Seston, members from Shrewsbury
Barbara and Terry Seston from Shrewsbury have jointly clocked up an incredible 47 years with the Royal Voluntary Service. The couple, who have been married for 60 years, tell us what inspires them to help others.
Published 10 Jul 2017
‘We’ve been given a lot, so we think we should give something back. You can’t put a price on the friendship and thanks that we have received over the years.’ Barbara and Terry Seston, both 82, recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and have been employed in the co-operative sector for most of their working lives. Being co-operators has also been at the heart of why they volunteer, from helping out at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to their local school.
‘I used to help with Meals on Wheels, and now I do the shopping for people who can’t get out,’ says Barbara. ‘With Terry, I accompany vulnerable people to hospital and stay with them while they are there.’
Barbara has spent 30 years with the Royal Voluntary Service, while Terry has been a driver for the organisation for 17 years, and was a school governor for 24 years. In recognition of all their hard work, Barbara and Terry were named Volunteers of the Year 2016 at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s Values in Practice Awards last September.
‘We spend about a day a week volunteering,’ says Terry. ‘At the hospital, we befriend people who are waiting for X-rays or brain scans, particularly if they are unaccompanied or have dementia.’ The couple applied for a low-level grant (up to £250) from their local Food store at Radbrook Green for curtains to give patients some privacy, and Midcounties was happy to provide it. ‘The curtains will make a big difference, as many people don’t know how long they will be waiting. It will give them the dignity they deserve.’
GET INVOLVED: If you would like to apply for a low-level or community grant, go to midcounties.coop/community/funding