Mark Sharp, an outstanding and much-loved volunteer at Glasgow City Mission sadly and unexpectedly died last week. His impact at Glasgow City Mission is immeasurable.
"It’s fundamentally important to be patient, gracious and understanding whenever we’re working with people" says Grant Campbell, Chief Executive. "Mark took this to a new level."
William, pictured right, is one of the many people at Glasgow City Mission who has been impacted by Mark's love and compassion. He has written a moving tribute to what Mark means to him:
My Best Friend Mark
Mark was my friend at the Mission but he was also like a big brother to me and I’m so thankful that I had him in my life. He was there for me in good times and bad times.
We had lots of fun together and I will never forget the times we had. He took me out on lots of day trips. We went to the pictures, we went to Pitlochry a few times. We went fishing. We went out with metal detectors. We only ever found bottle lids or old tent pegs. We never made our fortune because someone else always got there first.
One time when we went to Ayr it was raining so we decided to go swimming. We didn’t have any swimming stuff with us so we went into a charity shop and bought some shorts. They were so hideous that Mark didn’t want to take them home with him afterwards. I’ve still got them at home.
After my mum died we went away for the weekend and had time at the seashore and being outside doing things. One of the best things was grass sledging and Mark helped me get my sledge up the hill a few times because it was quite heavy. We had a lot of fun that day.
Mark was always there to help me or just to help me feel a bit better. Sometimes he made me laugh and sometimes he gave me a tough time but it was just because he cared. He would always think of others first. He meant so much to me. He was really special. He was the kindest man I’ve ever known. I will never forget you Mark, my friend.