FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY WE GIVE - Dave and Ann Bower

Dave and Ann Bower, both 67, met in 2000 while volunteering on CSV's retired and senior volunteers programme. They married the following year.

Why did you become involved with the CSV? Ann: I became involved after I lost my husband to cancer, and after having major heart surgery shortly before I was due to retire. Dave and I were both retired and had both wanted to do something to give us a reason for getting up each morning, because retirement is boring and tends to make people a bit invisible!

How long have you been involved with the programme? Dave: Since 1998. Ann began befriending an elderly lady and helped run social clubs for older and retired people in London. I befriended a woman in her 80s who had lost her husband and son within six months of each other.

How much time do you give per year? There is virtually no limit to the time we give - it depends on how many RSVP projects are running. We usually volunteer for four to six days a week.

What qualities do you bring to CSV? Dave: As a retired IT teacher, I am able to transfer my skills to my role as national IT and publicity volunteer, which involves publicising RSVP, and updating the intranet and the RSVP website.

Ann: I encourage thousands of volunteers to spend time in their communities for RSVP's annual Get Active Week. Volunteering also has health benefits for retired people like us.

How can volunteers contact CSV? You can call CSV on 020 7643 1384 or log onto www.csv.org.uk/volunteer. Volunteers are never rejected and CSV always tries to get volunteers involved with what they want to do.

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