The active widower began working in the charity shop after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Having spent two weeks being cared for by the Hospice, he simply wanted to pay
A charity shop volunteer dedicatedly spends 12 hours traveling to and fro every week despite being 100 years old. David Flucker just celebrate his milestone birthday but his age does not come in the way of his selflessness as he continues to commute to the St. Columba’s Hospice shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Flucker's roundtrip commute to the shop takes four hours and the Centurian does it regardless of the Baltic weather. The active widower began working in the charity shop after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Having spent two weeks being cared for by the Hospice, he simply wanted to pay the kindness forward.
"It is a wonderful feeling to be doing something," shared the senior according to Good News Network. "It is two buses and a 20-minute walk to get to the shop, at least two hours. I work three days a week, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, which are the busiest days," noted the Balgreen, Edinburgh resident.
🥳 HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, DAVID! 🥳— St Columba's Hospice Care (@StColumbas) June 22, 2022
This week at St Columba’s Hospice Care, we're celebrating a very special birthday as our amazing #volunteer David Flucker turns 100!
To celebrate, we'd love to get #100HappyBirthdaysforDavid - so please share! 😊🎁🎈🎉 #edinburgh pic.twitter.com/VdY18zS8tJ
Apparently, the shop in Ocean Terminal receives a lot of donations, and the grandfather-of-seven checks all of them to ensure they’re good. "We get a lot of toys, books, jigsaw puzzles. We have got to check them all over," said the man who actually loves the social aspect of his work as it allows him to meet people who "come in just to chat."
Flucker, who lost his wife in 2010, has another hobby: He takes his time building model railways which he auctions off in order to raise money for the hospice. Flucker, who retired at 72, does not let his advanced years hold him back from enjoying his life to the fullest. Recently, he took a boat tour of the Firth of Forth for his birthday on June 22. The old man even received a card from the Queen herself.
"I saw parts of Scotland I’d not seen before… and got quite a surprise as the band started to sing 'happy birthday,'" he shared. As for his regulars back at the thrift shop, they flocked in to deliver their well-wishes along with a "marvelous birthday cake" which was covered in raspberries. "There might be more birthday cakes," said the excited Scotsman, who is looking forward to live a longer, healthy life.
Cover image source: Twitter | St Columba's Hospice Care