Desmond Curtis

When Leanne Colverson, Community Fundraising Officer for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance gave a presentation to Bournemouth Probus Club, I had the good fortune to be seated next to her at the lunch table. I asked her if Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance could use the help of a 94-year-old car driver with the capability of giving talks and I was soon signed up as a volunteer and my role is to give presentations and receive donations from groups of supporters.

One may ask why a man of that age would be offering his services. The answer is simply that this is a most worthy cause. Being recently widowed again, I had no reason to sit at home waiting to depart this earth. In my opinion, retirees who volunteer are generally much happier simply because they know that however large or small their own effort, they have played a part in helping others.  Air Ambulances nationwide are held in the highest regard and I feel proud to be able to play my part and be part of their team.

My challenge is to climb the 80 stairs from the bottom to top of my block each day, having in mind that I am, today, just 78 days away from my 97th birthday. I began my challenge on Sat 25th April and will go on until I have climbed 960 stairs - which I hope will be soon after VE Day on 8th May. As an RAF Veteran that day is important to me.

I hope that you will join me in supporting this most worthy cause, thank you.

Desmond Curtis