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St Vincent De Paul Society, at Good Sheperd Church, Shenley, seek volunteers
A good samaritans group that brings “cheer and joy” to the needy is looking for new volunteers to continue its legacy.
The St Vincent De Paul Society, based at the Good Sheperd Church, in Black Lion Hill, Shenley, visit the elderly, the sick or those who just need a bit of companionship.
But volunteers of the 78-year-old group have dwindled, forcing the five remaining members of the Shenley group to merge with one in nearby London Colney.
David O’Brien, the deanery president for the society, said: “I would love to see the Shenley group re-establish itself as it has only recently folded.
“Not many people know about it so I am really keen to spread the word. We just need people to give up a couple of hours a week.”
The 55-year-old, of Cage Pond Road, Shenley, was first inspired to sign up when hearing about it through his church.
Since then, Mr O’Brien said he has been devoted to helping people via the group, which has branches worldwide, wherever he can.
Despite being linked to the church, volunteers visit people from all different faiths and backgrounds.
The househusband added: “We once donated a double bed to a young mother who had just escaped her abusive husband and had no money. We also offered her support.
“The work is so touching and we meet some remarkable people on the way. Bringing joy and cheer to someone’s life is such an amazing thing because it shows them someone cares.”