The Family Haven pays tributes to volunteer David Wisdom

Dave Wisdom

TRIBUTES have been paid to The Family Haven volunteer David Wisdom after his recent death. Mr Wisdom had volunteered in the kitchen at the Spa Road charity since June 2007.

Fundraiser Debbie Nevin said: “All at The Family Haven wish to pay tribute to our volunteer David who passed away recently.

“He started as a volunteer in the kitchen in 2007, mainly helping when our cook Janet was on holiday.

“Staff and the families who attend remember him fondly as a great character – he always made us laugh. He was also famous for his large portions and spicy curries.”

Nursery manager Helen Jackson said: “Dave didn’t do puddings, so when he was due in I would make sure I’d already prepared a blancmange or angel delight for the children.

“The Family Haven provides a hot nutritious, midday meal to the families who attend our day centre and so the support David gave was much needed as well as much appreciated.”

Mr Wisdom’s daughter Kali Masure has set up an online donation page in memory of her father.

She said: “Dad volunteered at The Family Haven until he became too unwell and I would like anyone who wishes to remember Dave to make a donation to this charity.

“The Family Haven is a small local charity and it would be great to raise some money for them.”

She has set herself a £250 fundraising target. One donation has already come in, with the anonymous donor saying: “You will be greatly missed.”

The Family Haven was founded in 1988 and relies heavily on the support of volunteers like Mr Wisdom.

Nick Bury, chairman of the trustees, said: “The Family Haven thrives through the hard work and dedication of a great number of very different people. Generous donors, experienced and skilled office staff, good cooks, caring nursery staff, dedicated volunteers and fund-raisers, parents and children, trustees and treasurers, so it is good that all sorts of different people have contributed recipes to our cookbook.”

To donate to Kali Masure’s fundraising campaign, visit