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Thanks to a special Volunteer – Matthew Durney


Photo – pictured: Toni Dorkings, Sandra Dade, Judith Williams, Gaynor Davies, Helen Price, Matthew Durney & Pat Coombs

The Paul Sartori Foundation could not function without its strong team of over 300 volunteers. The volunteers are a crucial and a vital support network to the Foundation, so to say goodbye to Matthew Durney after 10 years of volunteering for the Foundation was a sad day!  This is particularly as Matthew only came to help out for one month back in 2005 and has been a real asset since!

Matthew joined the volunteer team to help out for a short period of time – one month to be exact.  He has never looked back; enjoyed giving his time and the camaraderie.  Matthew has helped out in a variety of roles including picking up and delivering donated items and furniture, door to door collections, helping out at various fundraising events and working in our shops.

Matthew recognised the need for the Foundation, and knew Father Sartori well, recalling the family and the Foundation as a whole, he added “The Foundation has come on since I joined, but under the current management structure it has really gone from strength to strength.  I congratulate all involved!”  He is looking forward to taking it a little easier now he has stepped down from volunteering, although he will remain as a Voting Member.  Matthew has enjoyed the varying roles saying that it has kept him fit, and at a young 76 years, he is looking forward to visiting family members and maybe playing a bit more bingo.

Pat Coombs, Clinical Coordinator, worked closely with Matthew in the early days when equipment and shops shared a small van.  “Matthew and I joined the Foundation at roughly the same time, I remember him putting great enthusiasm into the role and nothing was too much trouble.  The challenge then was sharing the van, whereas now, we have a bespoke van for equipment and the Warehouse and Distribution Centre have their own dedicated vehicles.  Matthew was a pleasure to work alongside.”

Charity Manager, Sandra Dade will also be sad to see Matthew leave the volunteer team, but is appreciative of Matthew’s decision to remain as a voting member, “Matthew volunteered two days a week for us, driving around the county collecting donations and furniture and distributing them to our 4 stores, a bit of a different story to our 11 stores in the county now!”  Sandra added the following tribute “A much valued volunteer, Matthew was awarded a special PAVS Volunteering Award in 2008 for his contribution to volunteering at the Foundation.”

A farewell “fish & chip” party was held for Matthew attended by staff at the Head Office giving Matthew a good send-off.  Sandra Dade thanked Matthew for all his help over the years in his varied volunteering duties, adding “Matthew is a great character who was asked to help for 1 month and stayed for over 10 years – thank you for your dedication and commitment Matthew!”

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and enable people who are living in the later stages of any life limiting illness to die at home if that is their wish, with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.  Further information on the charity and volunteering information, please visit, or phone 01437 763223.


Sartori News – September Edition

Welcome to our Paul Sartori Foundation newsletter, Sartori News September Edition.  We hope you enjoy the read.  If you have any feedback at all, or future article requests, please get in touch with Ceri on 01437 763223. Please follow this link: sartori-news-september-16email

Volunteers Needed


Volunteer Donation Sorters (temporary)

Volunteers urgently required to clear excessive donations made to our shops.  Paul Sartori Foundation particularly need help in Pembroke, Milford Haven and Snowdrop Lane.  Start as soon as possible to help for a minimum of 3 hours per week for 1 month.  Enquire directly at our Pembroke, Milford Haven and Snowdrop Lane Sartori Stores.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Pembroke –Amanda-Jane Myatt, tel: 01646 278802,

Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest – Jay Oatley, tel: 01437 929361,


Volunteer Van Drivers

Volunteers required to collect donations (ranging from furniture, boxes and bags) from people’s homes supporting Paul Sartori Foundation’s Warehouse and Distribution Centre at Showdrop Lane Haverfordwest.  Volunteers will also be needed to deliver items to our various Sartori Stores around the county.  Start as soon as possible to help for a minimum of 3 hours per week.  Clean driving licence required.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest – Jay Oatley, tel: 01437 929361,

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