Working for charity saved Alan

Alan Oldham.
Alan Oldham.
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Volunteering with Morecambe’s blind society saved a man who thought about ending it all.

Alan Oldham is calling for more volunteers to join Galloways Society for the Blind because they helped him when his life was falling apart.

Alan was going through tough times when his mum died and admits he contemplated suicide. But then 15 years ago, he started collecting money for Galloways and rediscovered his passion for life.

“As I met more and more people whilst out collecting for Galloways, I realised life wasn’t so bad after all,” said Alan.

Alan praised Dawn Gillon, Galloway’s community fundraiser at the centre on Balmoral Road, for keeping him going.

“I know when the ‘phone rings and I hear Dawn’s voice on the other end, someone needs me. When we get together we have good fun! And of course, it’s all for a great cause.”

Dawn said: “Volunteering is great for those people looking for a bit of something to do. You can dedicate as much or as little time as you like, there is no pressure.It helped Alan tremendously.”

Galloway’s Society for the Blind raises money for blind and partially sighted people in Morecambe and the surrounding area. For more information about volunteering, call 01524 414846.