St Catherine’s hospice marks 95th birthday of dedicated volunteer

St Catherine's Hospice volunteer Marcel Lascaut, of Gossops Green, celebrates his 95th birthday with the charity as their second oldest volunteer - picture submitted by St Catherine's Hospice
St Catherine's Hospice volunteer Marcel Lascaut, of Gossops Green, celebrates his 95th birthday with the charity as their second oldest volunteer - picture submitted by St Catherine's Hospice

Celebrations were in order when St Catherine’s Hospice’s second oldest volunteer, Marcel Lascaut, turned 95.

To commemorate the special milestone, the Southgate hospice hosted a memorable tea party in Marcel’s honour.

Proving you’re never too old to volunteer, Marcel from Gossops Green gives up his time to play the piano for patients and their families in St Catherine’s public lounge area, known as the Octagon, every Thursday.

Marcel’s birthday tea, held on Thursday November 19, was organised by St Catherine’s as a way of saying thank you to him for his four and half years of volunteering.

When asked what volunteering there means to him, Marcel said: “I’ve lost a lot of treasures in my life, including my wife and son, and you’ve got to carry on.

“This place helps me carry on. Everyone is so happy; I can’t praise them enough. At this point in my life I just want to give something back to the world and, with St Catherine’s help, I think I’m doing it.”

Last year, St Catherine’s was helped by more than 800 volunteers, 30 per cent of whom were over 65 years old and 23 per cent of the volunteers are 25 or below.

Katherine Perrin, volunteer development manager at St Catherine’s, said: “Volunteers are an essential part of the St Catherine’s team and Marcel has made a fantastic contribution since he’s been volunteering with us.

“His piano playing is a great example of one of the many, unique ways in which our volunteers contribute their skills and experience to the hospice. Marcel always brings such a warmth, with a wealth of fantastic stories and a smile for everyone. We love seeing him every Thursday and were absolutely delighted to help his celebrate his 95th birthday.

“It was great to get some of his friends and colleagues together to wish him many happy returns and to thank him for everything he does for the hospice and our visitors.”

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