We're so pleased to have Marcia back volunteering at St Luke's, so we asked her some random questions! Marcia lives locally in EC1 and used to work for St Luke’s. She has been helping out sorting and packing food bags for 2-3 days a week for the past six weeks.

Tell us about a special childhood holiday you had?

We used to go to Jersey in the summer months, staying with family, all nine of us in a tiny bungalow. It was amazing. Each evening we were allowed one can of coke – one can of coke shared between five of us! And the shops were open late in Jersey – we thought this was fantastic, this was in the 70s so shops in England closed early.

As you have worked in the airline industry, you must have seen some funny situation – tell us about one funny thing that happened to you at work?

Once we had an airline passenger, a psychiatrist who was travelling with his real stuffed frog pet called Dr Cappy. The passenger insisted for Dr Cappy to have his own seat and insisted that they would sit by the emergency exit. We were not allowed to speak to the passenger, we were told to only speak to Dr Cappy, the stuffed frog pet, during the flight.

What is your favourite food and why?

Probably a Brazilian dish called Feijoada, it’s a black bean and rice dish. My dad came from Brazil, so it brings back happy memories. It’s also a delicious dish which reminds me of family get-togethers. 

What is your favourite restaurant in the EC1/south Islington area?

There are many good restaurant in the area, but if I was to pick one, it’s a local restaurant called Fare on Old Street. They serve delicious pizzas and great wine by the glass. It’s a really good neighbourhood restaurant. I think they do delivery and collection at the moment. https://www.farelondon.com/

If you could fly off on holiday now, where would you go – and why would you go there?

I would go to the Caribbean anytime. What can I say; clear water, fantastic food, fantastic people, amazing beaches and amazing weather. There is something special when you feel sand between your toes.

What’s your favourite colour and why?

Green. Because the Brazilian and Irish flag both has green in them, my mum is Irish you see, green for the luck of the Irish.

You are volunteering here at St Luke’s a few times a week – what has been the worst about volunteering and what has been the best?

The worst, if I can be honest to say, is seeing all the people in need – and how lonely a lot of people are.

Both the worst and the best was the other day, when in the line to the food bank, one family of four without knowing it, met their mum and nan for the first time in weeks and weeks since the lockdown for the over 70s. They were so happy to see each other, everyone was crying and laughing at the same time, it was so emotional to see.

The best of volunteering is that you feel you give something back and feel that you are doing something descent. It’s also nice to talk to people, some people just come and visit for a chat because they are lonely. 

It's great to have Marcia in the team at St Luke's during lockdown. Thanks to her and our team of volunteers and staff we can get provisions out to those who need it most at this time. Thank you Marcia!