Unsung heroes: still going strong at 80
At 80 years old, Ernest Baker remains committed to helping others — volunteering twice a week at Meals on Wheels.
Every Monday and Friday morning, he heads from Cobbs Hill to the charity's Paget headquarters, where he spends several hours washing dishes and bags for the delivery service, which helps vulnerable people in need of a nourishing meal.
“I've been doing this around ten years,” said Mr Baker, adding that he began volunteering as a way to stay busy in his retirement.
And the octogenarian is more than ready to roll up his sleeves.
“Work doesn't tire me out, it makes me feel just fine,” said the father of two, who is looking to return to permanent employment in painting and interior work. “The people are very nice, and I like to keep them smiling all the time,” added Mr Baker, who grew up in Paget and also sings in the Vernon Temple AME Church choir.
“I try to help out everyone and I'll have a conversation with everyone. It's important to be polite.”
Allison Garland, volunteer co-ordinator at Meals on Wheels, praised Mr Baker for his decade of loyal service.
“He's a very kind and reliable man with lots of stories,” she said. “All the ladies love him. He's very charming and he's nice to have around — plus he brings us candy every time he comes here.”
If you would like to help out at Meals on Wheels, call 236-1815 or e-mail email@example.com.