A Record to be Proud of!


There can be few people who can say that they have been involved with volunteering all their life but this is certainly the case for Malcolm Allum, our newest volunteer at The Volunteer Centre. He has spent a remarkable number of hours over his lifetime helping the local community, since starting to volunteer at the age of 16, and has so far totalled an amazing 55 years of volunteering!

Malcolm’s family has always been involved with the Salvation Army, and as a baby he was regularly taken to listen to sermons given by his Aunt, a Major in the Hemel Hempstead branch.

On one notable occasion, his aunt was giving a sermon when he started to cry. His aunt stopped her sermon, left the stage and took Malcolm from his mother, promptly returning to the stage, babe in arms, to continue her sermon. From that day, Malcolm rarely missed a meeting.

When he was 7yrs old he joined the Junior Salvation Army and at 10yrs old he started playing the drums in the Junior Band, performing at different Sunday Schools and carol concerts.

At 15 he left school and started his career in the motor industry. At this time he also became a drummer in the Salvation Army Adult Band. He continued to support them in this way for over 20 years.

For the last forty years Malcom has also been volunteering for Community Action Dacorum as a mini bus driver. Over the years he has made a huge difference to the lives of less able people by taking them on shopping trips.

In 1990 Malcolm volunteered as a marshal for the ‘Bob Champion Horse Riding Event’ in Ashridge. As a result of the success of this event, React, now known as DIRECT, was born. DIRECT supplies Marshalls for one- day fund raising events. As well as making assessments prior to the events, he also helps on the day.

As if he hasn’t got enough to do, he has now started to volunteers for the Volunteer Centre on a Thursday afternoon!

Malcolm enjoys spending what spare time he has with his family - a well-deserved break!

He is truly an inspiration to us all!