A CARE home volunteer is preparing to say her goodbyes to residents as she sets off to South America.

Chloe Spencer, 17, is travelling to Bolivia in July to help set up a community project there.

She has volunteered at Victoria Care Home, in Thursby Road, Burnley, for the past year as part of her programme for the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

Miss Spencer said: “I hadn’t any experience of care for the elderly before. Victoria is such a nice, loving place and I have learnt a lot.

“The elderly are so often seen as ‘past it’ and a voice not heard, but at Victoria everyone counts and staff have so much respect for the residents and families.

“Although I am going on a fantastic adventure, I will miss everyone at Victoria.” Cat Metcalfe, the care home’s manager, said: “Chloe has been great for us. She chats away to the residents and they really appreciate having her around.

“We will miss her, but wish her the best in Bolivia - she knows she is always welcome back here.”

To volunteer at Victoria, contact 01282 416475.