Tributes have been paid to a caring father-of-four who made a big contribution at Melton’s Storehouse at the Fox and Melton Vineyard Church’s town centre venue The Source.
Nick Thompson (55) helped with practical day-to-day operations at Storehouse which included serving food, printing flyers and information leaflets and helping to get the food bags organised.
But even more significant were the one-to-one interactions he had with clients, sitting down and talking with them, guiding them towards practical help, helping them to use a computer for various purposes and frequently just listening to them with genuine care and compassion.
Nick, who died of heart failure in hospital on December 27, was also a valued member of Melton Vineyard. As well as volunteering for Storehouse, he served at the Source, the church’s venue in King Street, greeting members of the public, serving them teas and coffees and working regularly as a volunteer in the church office.
Nick’s ex-wife, Flo, was married to him for 11 years. They had known each other since 1981 and were still very close and the best of friends.
She said: “Over the years and since being at the church Nick found a real sense of purpose and he was very proud of the work he was doing to help a lot of other people. He felt as though he was contributing to society.”
Flo, who is a nurse, said she hopes to give a day of her time to Storehouse, from next month, as a legacy to Nick and to carry on his good work.
Melton Vineyard Senior Pastor Neal Swettenham said: “Nick was an important figure at Storehouse, both for other volunteers and those making use of the service, and was a valued member of Melton Vineyard. He made many friends while working at Storehouse and being part of it gave him a real sense of purpose and energy.
“Nick was a gentle, kind, warm-hearted man. He said he started coming along to Melton Vineyard because he felt there was something missing in his life.
“He quickly became a familiar and significant face at Melton Vineyard and grew enormously in self-confidence and in his Christian faith. There’s a huge gap in the team now that Nick is no longer around and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”
Nick, who lived in Shepherds Croft, leaves behind his four daughters, Emma, Nikki, Caroline and Victoria, his brothers, Jon and Robert, and his mum, Sonia Sutton, Flo and good friends Andrew and Kelly.
Flo said: “He loved his girls and was so proud of them but he only got to walk one of his daughters, Nikki, down the aisle and will never get to meet any grandchildren.
“He was happy living in Melton and didn’t want to move because he’d built up a good circle of friends.”
In the 1990s Nick used to be the manager of the Leicester Mercury News shop in Windsor Street and he also worked for Hertz Car Hire on Snow Hill, where he worked his way up from a driver to become assistant manager.
As well a spending time with his family, Nick’s other loves included supporting Leicester City FC, fishing at Eye Kettleby Lakes with his friend, Andrew, watching Formula 1 and going to the theatre, particularly while living in London.
He was also a Tally Ho Band committee member, with Flo and his four daughters all being in the band at one point, and Nick took charge of the band’s supporter’s group as well as keeping the minutes.
Donations in Nick’s memory are continuing to be made for Storehouse and the British Heart Foundation. All enquiries to Shane Mousley and Son Independent Funeral Directors on (01664) 561400.
Nick’s family also urging people to donate food, clothing, toiletries and household items to Storehouse. To find out how you can help visit www.storehousemelton.org.uk