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Sad News from CORE

We are very saddened that our oldest volunteer, nonagenarian Beryl Webster, passed away just before Christmas. Only last April, many of us at CORE had celebrated with Beryl her 90th birthday. Beryl had been working at CORE as a volunteer for 3 and half years. She was grieving for the loss of her husband and needed a new purpose to occupy her. On her application form she put “I’m a good listener, have good local knowledge, have a sympathetic ear, am willing to help anybody within my capabilities, have a good telephone manner and am a people person.” She lived up to those words and much more. She represented all the qualities that CORE values, giving back to help her community. Beryl had an immense capacity for fun and CORE immediately became a happier place whenever Beryl was around. She’d only been volunteering with us a few months when she penned these few lines which capture her warmth, her courage, her vulnerability and even her sense of humour. She called it “My New Friends”.

My whole life was shaken,
When my darling Frank was taken
But CORE has saved my bacon.
When I go through that door
I have friends there by the score,
Who make my life feel better,
When my heart is feeling sore.

Beryl was very proactive at CORE, suggesting new ideas, helping to raise funds, and serving as a trustee right up to her death. Beryl had such a positive attitude to life; she showed us all how to let our hair down; she was a perfect role model on how to stay young at heart despite her own health issues.  Beryl worked at least 3 mornings a week for CORE and, further, could be relied on to cover any time we were short-staffed or attend any special events in order to promote CORE. Beryl had also been a volunteer, helping to man the counter at the local police station until it closed. She was committed to serving her community.

On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at CORE, Beryl was a good friend to us all. We will never forget her lively and engaging personality. She enriched our lives. Beryl’s community spirit will live on at CORE as we continue the work she contributed to.


Parkinson’s Support Group

If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group please contact Michael & Sandra by email or Phone 01636 812399 or 07956 974024.   

We meet from 11.00 – 1.00 on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Reach UK, Prebend Passage, Southwell NG25 0JH. Just £1 per person and a plate of food towards the buffet lunch.