Ken Smith retired from a career in the construction industry in 2000, but his career as a volunteer started long before that.
In Benson, Oxfordshire, where he has lived since 1969, he found a site and negotiated the development of the local Medical Centre. He was the founding Chairman of the monthly village newspaper and has promoted the History and Community Society. He had a longstanding stint as the village auctioneer, and was even the Benson bingo caller.
Ken has been a Sobell House hospice ward volunteer since 1994 – talking to people, serving them drinks, feeding them and helping to stimulate and engage them during what is often their final time. He has given talks promoting Sobell House to diverse Oxfordshire groups, including U3A, Rotary, Lions Clubs and the Women’s Institute, and has supported the Charity’s fundraising initiatives, such as The Lights of Love. Over the last ten years he has helped run the electrical sales and repairs section of another hospice near Henley.
As a Trustee, Ken’s ward experience and his particular interest in finance management, has been especially helpful. Most recently, he has been involved in the major new building extension to Sobell House, focusing in particular on getting best value for the deployment of charitable funds.