Flintshire man, 90, proves age is no barrier to volunteering


Helen Davies

IS THIS the oldest volunteer in Flintshire?

Jim Bomber helps out at the Claire House Hospice shop in Mold and last week staff there threw him a surprise party to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The father of four has been volunteering at the shop since it re-opened in May 2009 and at the furniture outlet of the shop for five years before that.

The dedicated pensioner said: “I started volunteering because I wanted company after my wife passed away.

“I come in every day from Monday to Friday, 1pm until 5pm. I also come in for a few hours on a Saturday to lend a hand.

“Helping out here is a godsend – I appreciate being here very much.

“The girls here trust me to sit at the till and I enjoy working with the staff.”

Jim’s duties include serving customers and answering the phone.

Shop manager Jody Kendrick said: “We’re wondering if he’s the oldest charity worker in Flintshire.

“He’s a wonderful volunteer. We always need somebody to open the shop and if we need help he always comes in.”

Jim, who lives in Mold, added: “The party was a lovely surprise. They gave me big balloons with 90 on them and had a stall outside the shop with food on.”

Jim came to Flintshire when he was a teenager, working as a decorator for the Air Force. It was on moving to the region that he met his wife Peggy.

He said: “I was in digs in Sandycroft. My wife worked as a cashier at the Plaza cinema in Queensferry and I met her when I went to see a film. We were married in July 1941.”

Jim now has three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

- Is Jim the oldest charity worker in Flintshire? If you know anyone older than him who is still volunteering contact reporter Helen Davies on 01352 707758 or email helen.davies@nwn.co.uk

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