DAY IN THE LIFE: RICHARD

DAY IN THE LIFE: RICHARD

Name: Richard Allen

Job Title: Maintenance

House: Southampton

My alarm goes off at…
I wake up at 06:00 every morning and start my day by walking my dog Rusty, he’s a Siberian hound and a rescue dog.

How I got my job…
I was looking for something new and when I saw this job being advertised I went for it because I wanted a job that would challenge me.

My typical day…
At the start of my shift I’ll always check if there’s any new job sheets in case something needs my attention straight away. I interact with everyone in the House in different ways to make sure I can do my job properly, House assistants and keepers make me aware of any problems found on their regular checks or reported by families. I’m responsible for keeping all the health and safety within the House in check and fixing things as and when I’m needed while being in contact with our outside maintenance crews too.

The best part of my job is…
The first thing that springs to mind is knowing that I’m helping families through their time of crisis in my own way of contributing. It’s also the job satisfaction there’s a lot of variety in my job, every day is a little different.

The worst part of my job is…
I’d say the only thing I can think of is getting up on those cold winter mornings.

My most memorable moment at Ronald McDonald House Charities was…
My most memorable is actually a recent memory, Zurich came in to redo our garden balcony, putting in new flowers and making it look nice for the families to go out and relax in. They also hosted a BBQ the same day in the garden and loads of families came to join us, lovely day for everyone involved.

The first thing I do after work to unwind…
Normally just a simple night with a home cooked meal but I also go and cycle in the New Forrest when the weather allows!

Why I believe Ronald McDonald Houses are important…
The Houses make sure that a family has somewhere secure to stay while everything else in their life is out of their control, they help in a way most people don’t even consider when it comes to having a loved one, especially a child, in hospital. You never know when it could affect you or someone close to you so it’s reassuring knowing the Houses are here for people that need it.

When I was little I wanted to be…
I always wanted to be a fireman at a young age, I’d watch all of the fire engines coming out of the station.

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