It's Volunteer Week 2018. Our first feature on our fintastic volunteers takes us to London, to meet Deb, one of our Mama Mermaids.
1. How did you find out about Mini Mermaids?
Khara Mills brought a group of Mini Mermaids to Highbury Fields parkrun. As a result, I googled Mini Mermaids & looked out for their tweets, so that I could be more informed about the philosophy & activities.
2. What are some of your more memorable moments acting as a Mama Mermaid?
Chatting, running, skipping & walking with Mini Mermaids in snow & in blazing sunshine all the way to the finish line, then watching them sprint over the finish with such huge smiles on their faces. It’s an absolutely priceless moment each time.
3. You're an avid volunteer with a number of organisations, including parkrun? Why do you think its important to volunteer?
Volunteering means I can share what I have learnt with other runners, regardless of their age. This doesn’t just mean things related to running, it’s also about sharing a positive mental attitude & a feeling of self-worth and achievement. Volunteering makes me feel good too, like I am personally making a difference by helping organisations such as parkrun & Mini Mermaids.
4. What do you love about being active?
It has had so many positive effects for me, both physically & mentally. Being active means I never have to think twice about whether I can do something that requires a degree of physical fitness. Being active has opened so many new doors for me.
5. When you're not volunteering, we'll find you....
Running, drinking coffee with friends, going to Arsenal Football Club matches, working and, with all of these, chatting of course!