Heart patients will miss retiring volunteer

Stan Lowis and his friends and colleagues from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service. ANL-170323-132827001
Stan Lowis and his friends and colleagues from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service. ANL-170323-132827001

A kind-hearted volunteer for a service in Burgh-le-Marsh and Louth that saved his life has retired after 12 years.

Stan Lowis began volunteering with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service after completing the cardiac rehab exercise programme in 2004 following his own heart event.

It has been an honour to have been a part of the patient’s experience when they attend the programme for the first time

Stan Lowis

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Service, which is run by specialist nurses and rehabilitation assistants from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), provides education and exercise to people following a heart attack or cardiac surgery.

Stan did not intend to become a permanent volunteer, but offered to temporarily help out at the group while more volunteers could be recruited.

He said: “I have had a wonderful time over the past 12 years and I will miss everything about volunteering for the service. I have made great friends with the other volunteers and it has been an honour to have been a part of the patient’s experience when they attend the programme for the first time.

“Some of my own friends and work colleagues have also passed through the cardiac rehab programme over the years and, as a volunteer, I’ve felt able to support them.”

Alison Bunn, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist, said: “The work our volunteers do is invaluable. Stan, alongside our other volunteers, worked at our exercise and education recovery programmes to enhance the service we provide. He would meet and greet all patients that attend the programmes, show them where to go and explain the checking in process prior to exercise. He would also look after any family members that attend, talk to them, listen and often make a cup of tea for everyone involved.

“Myself, and the rest of the team, would like to say a huge thank you to Stan for his help and commitment over the years. The assistance he has provided has been invaluable and he will be very sorely missed by us all.”