A volunteering hero,
Not only that, but his tips for a bad back have seen
Here he tells us some more about himself, including some of the incredible volunteering work he does, and his top tips for optimising a home thermostat! 👍
Thanks for agreeing to take part in this month's spotlight
Spotlight on Pure Planet Community member
1) How long have you been a member and why did you join?
According to my PP profile I joined on the 19th August 2018. Why? It came up as the cheapest when I came to renew my energy contract. It was not the cheapest when renewal time arrived last year, but only a little more such that a degree of loyalty, the avoidance of hassle and being greenish had me renewing again. What was nice was that PP in renewing did not immediately up the cost as most other suppliers do after the first year.
2) Where are you from, and where do you live now?
The same place as all of us. My Mother's womb!
Born in a Middlesex maternity hospital, lived in Thames Dutton for a few years and moved to the NE, when my father came North to start the Mounted Police Branch of Durham County Constabulary. I still have a copy of the training schedule my father inflicted on his officers. Indeed also his truncheon. A mounted policeman’s truncheon is quite a bit longer than the man on the beat’s.
I currently live a few miles East of Durham City.
3) What do you love doing outside of work/ with your free time?
I am outside of work! I was a lawyer and retired from private practice some years back, and then did consultancy and locum work for a few years. Mostly in Local Govt. I obtained two first class honours degrees – back scratching and buck passing! No need to go to college for those, you learn by people watching!
I do a fair amount of voluntary work for my local Hospice. That started well over 25 years ago with me doing legal work for it and being a member of its Board. Hospices are wonderful, happy places. The atmosphere is one of love, care and happiness. It is a privilege to see the nursing staff and others at work, to sit with patients for a few hours, hold a hand. Visitors who have never been before come in looking sad and worried but invariably they leave with smiles knowing their loved one is in good hands. It
is within all of us the wish to help another.
4) What are you currently reading or watching?
Just finished a David Baldacci book - reading is a little limited for me. An age thing. My eyes get tired such that I cannot focus well if I read for more than about 20 minutes. I do download the paper each day to read.
Watching? It varies. I never watch sport so groan when that is all that's on. Netflix has been a boon when there is little worth watching. When in zombie mode we watch The Iron Fist. Not quite rubbish but it’s watchable. We have though coming up another Killing Eve series and Line of Duty. It is a treat to watch good actors do their job. Sometimes I find myself watching their acting skills as opposed to taking in the subject of the play or film.
5) One thing nobody would ever guess from looking at you?
I have a 32 inch inside leg yet am only just over 5 foot 6 inches tall! Getting trousers with a 32 inch waist and 32 inch leg is a problem.
Many suppliers have regular as the size, it’s usually 31 inches and it looks like the cat has died, ‘cause my trousers are at half mast.
6) What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Nothing. I don’t usually have breakfast.
I might at a weekend when it may be a Jordan’s cereal with fresh fruit and if I can get it proper Greek Yogurt. Not “Greek style”.
7) What's your top tip for cutting carbon and saving money?
Over 5 years ago I removed the hall thermostat, as it is the last place you ever would want one. I replaced all radiator controls with wireless TRVs. Each room is its own zone so that I can have heat in one room without heating up the others. I don’t have a “house” thermostat but the TRVs do all that for me with the exception of the lounge. Whilst we have two radiators in there each with wireless TRVs I use a free standing thermostat on a side table to control the heat in that room as it is the one where we may want to adjust the temperature more frequently.
It all works and a major delight is if I am alone in the house working in my study only that room is heated if wanted. The system is Evohome. It controls my hot water as well as central heating. For me it has worked very well. Even away from home when I can switch the heating back on from afar when setting off to drive home if we have been away.
The Community spotlight is a regular feature to find out a little bit more about who we are, what we like, and maybe what we don't like!
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