A former lab technician from Wrexham who has given up his retirement to volunteer at a hospital is urging others to follow his lead.

Edward Parr has greeted thousands of people during his work as a Robin volunteer at Wrexham's Maelor hospital, and now describes himself as a "human sat-nav", guiding patients and visitors around.

As a meet and greet volunteer he devotes hours of his spare time each week to ensuring people reach their medical consultations, X-ray appointments, hospital wards, or treatment units.

The 71-year-old is encouraging others with spare time to also join the growing band of red T-shirted Robin volunteers, who are based in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's three main hospitals and 19 community hospitals.

I'm mainly a meeter and greeter, it has been my primary role ever since I signed up as a Robin and I really enjoy it. But it does mean I come across a lot of people who are looking slightly lost. Many of them may not even realise we are there until we speak to them.

Edward Parr
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Stationed at entrance points, the Robins will step in to point anyone who is looking lost in the direction they need to go.

Edward is usually to be found in front of the first big directional signpost inside Wrexham Maelor Hospital's main entrance.

Originally from Knotty Ash in Liverpool, Edward moved to Borras in Wrexham in 1967 and worked in the oil refinery sector for many years before becoming an industrial lab technician.

The Robins volunteer team was established more than a decade ago to give much needed support to health workers across the North Wales region.Their duties include everything from befriending patients during their stay in hospital and chatting with them, to preparing hot and cold drinks, checking water jugs plus providing reading and writing services for patients.