Colleagues help shop volunteer Thelma celebrate 88th birthday

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Local People

A VOLUNTEER at the Powys Samaritans shop in Llandrindod Wells recently celebrated her 88th birthday.

Thelma Mason, who has volunteered for four years at the Powys Samaritans shop on the High Street, claims that it’s the shop’s busy atmosphere and friendly customers that keeps her feeling young and her brain active.

Thelma worked for 45 years as a nurse and now fills her spare time working at the shop, which is open between 11am and 4pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and offers a variety of products including clothes for men, women and children. It plays a vital role in supporting the Powys listening volunteer team who are part of the national 24/7 helpline service for distressed or worried people who need to talk to somebody.

The shop and its volunteers also help to stage regular fashion shows in the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod. Planning has begun for their Christmas show on November 30 which will feature fashion as well as seasonal attractions.

The need for volunteers is urgent as the number of people reaching out to Samaritans by phone, email and text is constantly growing.

As well as helping in the shop there are other vital roles supporting the branch in administration, accounts, publicity and fundraising.  

There was a support team raising money at this year’s Hay Festival. There was also a team at the Royal Welsh Show listening to anybody who wanted to talk about something worrying them, as well as giving out information about volunteering.

To find out more about becoming a Samaritan call the Llandrindod branch on 01597 822911 or email, giving your name and address and they will get back to you with more information. If you are distressed or worried about something, you can speak anonymously to the Samaritans for free on 116123.