Volunteering a ‘godsend’ for Louth’s John

John Daley tends to the plants in his volunteering role. EMN-150430-095231001
John Daley tends to the plants in his volunteering role. EMN-150430-095231001

Visitors at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway have remarked how nice the flower beds around Ludborough station are looking.

Its all down to one man – John Daley, who has taken it upon himself to tend to the plants and keep the grounds tidy.

John, 69, from Louth, started volunteering at the heritage railway last year after he lost his long-term partner June to cancer.

“I was devastated because we had been together for 
19 years,” said John.

“She was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and I took care of her until she passed away”.

“Losing June left a huge gap in my life and I needed something to help me cope. I decided to ask the railway if there were any jobs I could help out with.

“I spent nearly all my working life as a baker, but I can turn my hand to most jobs and I particularly love gardening. I also have a passion for railways, so this was just up my street!

“I recall in my younger days travelling through Ludborough on the train from Grimsby to Firsby to visit a girlfriend. I never expected to come back here all those 
years after the line closed.”

John added: “The people are so nice and friendly and there is great comradeship between the volunteers. Being able to come and work here has been a godsend and I can honestly say there is no place I would rather be – I would recommend it to anyone.”

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is always looking for volunteers of all ages, from engineers to caterers.

If you would like to know more, call 01507 363881 or visit www.lincolnshirewolds