A Louth man who has spent the last 12-years volunteering with a service that helped him recover from a heart attack has decided to retire.
Stan Lowis began volunteering with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service in Louth after completing the cardiac rehab exercise programme in 2004 to aid his own recovery.
Helpful Stan initially offered to volunteer while more volunteers could be recruited, but carried on for a further 12 years.
He has supported both the Louth and Burgh le Marsh sessions during this time.
Stan said he has had a ‘wonderful time’ during his time volunteering.
He said: “I will miss everything about volunteering for the service.
“I have made some great friends with the other volunteers and it has been an honour to have been a part of the patients’ experience when they attend the programme for the first time.”
Stan added: “Some of my own friends and work colleagues have also passed through the cardiac rehab programme over the years and, as a volunteer, I have felt that I have been able to support them.”
Alison Bunn, cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist said: “The work our volunteers do is invaluable.
“Stan, alongside our other volunteers, worked at our exercise and education recovery programmes to enhance the service we provide.
“Stan would meet and greet all of the patients that attend the programmes, as well as showing them where they needed to go and explain the checking in process prior to their scheduled exercise.
“He would also look after any family members that attended the sessions and talk to them, listen and often make a cup of tea for everyone that was involved.”
Ms Bunn added: “Myself, and the rest of the team, would like to say a huge thank you to Stan for his help and commitment over the years.
“The assistance he has provided has been invaluable and he will be very sorely missed by us all.”