Sylvia Rose Bennett sadly left us this year on February 27th at the age of 82. She was heavily involved with the Sherburn Visiting Scheme for many years and has been a helping hand since the late 90’s. Sylvia wasn’t an ordinary lady, she was highly intelligent and led an exceptional life.
In 1983 Sylvia was admitted as a member of Mensa. She was a junior teacher throughout her entire career, enjoyed Classical music, Ballet and Opera. Sylvia and her husband, Roy Bennett enjoyed various holidays and trips until he sadly passed in March 2004.
Following the death of Roy, the Sherburn Visiting Scheme encouraged Sylvia to get more involved in the charity, and as a result, she began volunteering for SVS whenever she could. As a result of her hard work and dedication to the scheme, in 2008 Sylvia was asked to join the Trustees and served on the management committee up until her passing.
Sylvia was also apart of our Fundraising Committee for several years, helping us to raise money to keep the charity going. The help she gave to the charity was fantastic. Sherburn Visiting Scheme Managers, Ann Hudson, Carol Barker and Pauline Croft stated:
Sylvia was very wise. Not only have we lost a wonderful volunteer and member, but also a dear friend. She was always so supportive of us and always helped however she could.
Back in 2011, Sylvia would devote every night to arranging medical transport for members until Sherburn Visiting Scheme got their dedicated office. Before the registered SVS office, Sylvia was the voice of the Sherburn Visiting Scheme for a number of years.
She enjoyed cryptic crosswords and was a huge Scrabble enthusiast. Up until the end, she even enjoyed playing Scrabble online. She never shied away from any task. From helping at the Thursday Luncheon Club serving and washing up from assisting with the raffle at the Tuesday Afternoon Social, if she could do it, she would.
Sylvia Bennett will be missed greatly, but she will never be forgotten.
Sylvia Rose Bennett, November 18th, 1935 – February 27th, 2018.
The scheme is becoming under increasing pressure due to the increased number of people using the service and the retirement of some of our longstanding drivers. The need for new drivers is vital for the service to continue.