Volunteering provided that extra dimension to Carl’s life when he retired from work. So, he joined Mountbatten's Sunflower Café and now volunteers for three sessions a week.

He said: “It was one of those things where I felt like I must do something. I just wanted something extra to add to my week. My friend, who is a driver, was encouraging me to volunteer and when the cafe role came up, I thought I would give it a go and I really liked it.” Aside from his usual cafe duties, which include assisting the cafe supervisor, preparing food and drink, cleaning, serving patients and their families and providing a listening ear, Carl has gone on to help organise regular fundraising quizzes there.

He said: “It’s an amazing place to volunteer. It’s uplifting and, among the staff, I’ve never seen an unhappy face. For anyone considering volunteering I would say ‘try it’. It’s immensely rewarding and you’re helping people that really need it, as well as a facility that we all need.”