The programme of social outings run by Aylsham and district Care Trust helps in connecting Mary and Ray Bunn with friends in their community. the couple first met whilst they were both working in a Cromer hotel in 1964. they travelled widely across the South of England through their working lives, following Ray's job as a catering manager.
The couple retired to Norfolk and moved to Aylsham in 2008.Mary has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for many years and shortly after they moved to the to the town Ray suffered a stroke. They moved into their current cosy house, situated right in the centre of town, so that they could be close to local shops and facilities. The house has the added benefit of communal gardens and personal alarm if needed. In 2016 Ray gave up driving as he did not feel able to concentrate sufficiently, he subsequently had a second stroke in 2018.
'We missed not getting out so much and our neighbour occasionally went on the ACT outings so she suggested we give them a try' says Mary. 'We found everybody to be so friendly and we met so many new people. the driver and personal assistant are always helpful and we have visited places we haven't seen for years'.
Mary and Ray have already booked three trips on the next schedule of social outings.They also now use the volunteer car scheme to help them to get to and from appointments at the hospital in Cromer and in Norwich.'Aylsham is extremely lucky to have an organisation like ACT who who bring so many benefits and help so many people.We are grateful to the volunteers who give up their time to help us', says Ray.
Lured by the good company and freshly fried fish and chips, the couple have also now joined our Friday lunch club which runs every week in our Orange Blossom Cafe at our St Michael's centre.
Aylsham & district Care Trust facilitates a programme of social outings which run every other week, connecting people with their communities. A schedule is published every quarter so book early to avoid disappointment.