Maureen Bayes-Mortimer

Lives: Red Beach, Hibiscus Coast

Q1) Tell us about what you do for TimeOut?
My role with TimeOut involves matching our client’s requests up with our donor houses. I look at the holiday homes we have available in the requested area and try to match this with the correct property, checking that the bedding configuration will suit the requirements and look at access arrangements when necessary. Hopefully, we have a suitable property or can offer an alternative.

Q2) Life can be super busy and demanding, why have you decided to volunteer your valuable time when you could be off sipping lattes and surfing the net in your free time instead?
My husband and I have recently sold our 7 days a week delivery business and I am coming to terms with the fact that I now have time on my hands to do as I please. After 10 pretty hectic years, I can now get back into community work, something I have missed. I had the opportunity to be a part of this great project and look forward to making some positive lasting memories for our families.

Q3) What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you’re not helping connect terminally ill families up with home donors?
I am lucky to be able to walk my dog along our beautiful beaches on the Hibiscus Coast and enjoy getting outdoors. I am a keen hiker and hope to fulfil my dream of experiencing more of our Great Walks in the South Island. I love having 2 of my grandchildren living handy and spend time with them most weeks and at ages 3 and 1 they keep me on my toes!