20 Jul 2020

When the Ready and Able Disability Sports Club started in 1991, a 36 year old man called Robin Ayres offered his time to volunteer with the weekly sessions. I am sure he never imagined that almost 30 years later he would still be helping out each week. Robin enjoys all sports and gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing the members having the opportunity to take part in the different sports that are available each week and this enjoyment has contributed to his continued involvement as a volunteer for such a long time.

Part of Robin’s role involves getting the equipment out before each session starts and setting it up and then putting it away again at the end of the session. Robin also helps out as a spotter when the trampoline session takes place each month and has enjoyed seeing the progress that members have made. Robin also takes responsibility for keeping a register each week of the members that go swimming and plays an important part in the smooth running of the club each week.

Being disabled himself has not stopped Robin and he has attended the sessions that take place at Bluecoat Sports, Health and Fitness Club at Christ’s Hospital nearly every Monday for the last 30 years without fail. Although preferring to help support other people, Robin has taken part in some of the activities with cycling a particular favourite.

Robin lives alone and has found the enforced lockdown during Covid-19 particularly hard as it has meant that he has not been able to see the members and volunteers at Ready and Able due to the sessions being stopped back in March. This has given him some time to do bits in his garden but he is looking forward to the sessions resuming and having the opportunity to see his friends again.

On behalf of the HDSD team we would like to thank Robin for his amazing contribution to the Ready and Able Club over such a prolonged period of time and we look forward to seeing him volunteering for the next 30 years!