Glennis Hooper: Privileged to meet such wonderful people

Ellie was inspirational and fun, upbeat and had such a positive outlook on life, says Glennis
Ellie was inspirational and fun, upbeat and had such a positive outlook on life, says Glennis

One of the many enjoyable activities I undertake in running Crazy Hats is giving talks to various groups across the county.

Over the years I must have done hundreds, but each one is always very different and always very special, in that I have the privilege to meet so many wonderful people.

I marvel at the warmth and companionship shown as I learn of the variety of activities and outings they organise, telling myself that when I have time I will join such a group.

When giving a talk I never plan what I am going to say, but once I start it is difficult to know where to stop, for there is so much to say.

I liken it to when I used to tell and share stories with children, hoping I will hold their interest, capture their participation and keep their attention.

Last week I was invited to speak to a group of lovely ladies in Barton Seagrave, where I lived and went to school as a youngster; where my mum and dad retired to and now lay at rest in St Botolph’s Church. For such reasons the evening held certain emotions and many happy memories, but I quickly found I knew so many of the ladies and they were so welcoming.

As with the majority of groups I meet, several ladies had had breast cancer and a high percentage knew of ‘someone’.

One such lady, ‘Ellie’ (97), really entered into the spirit of the evening and had suitably dressed for the occasion.

Having told me she had breast cancer 30 years ago Ellie was inspirational and, despite her age, was fun, upbeat and had such a positive outlook on life.

It has been said: ‘It is good to talk.”

With all that we do, it certainly is.