BEING humbled for being allowed to help others is quite something these days.

And if there could possibly be a ‘good’ side to the pandemic, it is that it has brought out the best of many people.

Take Glasgow-born drummer Jim McDermott, of Red Hot Chili Peppers (to name just one) fame. At the start of last year he was preparing for a busy musical schedule that would doubtless see him travelling the world from gig to gig.

Instead, the world was shut down, but instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to do something to help other people.

Recently moved to Haworth, Jim made inquiries about volunteering in care and found himself walking through the doors of Ashfield Care Home, in Skipton.

Well travelled and with many famous people among some of his best friends, he took to the duties he was given like a ‘duck to water’ as his manager Diane Procter described him.

But despite a year of working in care, in the kitchens, cleaning, odd-jobbing and chatting to residents, Jim said it was he himself who felt privileged and humbled to be in that position.

He witnessed at first hand the level of care being given to residents and was only too happy to join in and be regarded as one of the staff.

I expect he had plenty of stories to tell.