How did you get into volunteering?
I know people that have been cared for at St Ann’s Hospice. A friend’s mum and another friend’s son. That’s how I heard all about the hospice. I wasn’t working at the time and I always said once I stopped working I wanted to volunteer. And my friend suggested the hospice.
I started volunteering at fundraising events at the end of 2017, then saw an advert for working in the fundraising office. With my IT experience, I thought that would be a good use of my skillset.
Tell us about your role
I’ve been volunteering in the fundraising office since August 2018 and I do all sorts! One main aspect is working on the fundraising database – Raiser’s Edge, where I create and update records and correct errors. I also help with registration packs for campaigns, writing thank you cards and researching projects. I still help at fundraising events, such as the Manchester Midnight Walk which was an amazing atmosphere!
What do you like about volunteering?
I like the atmosphere in the office, everyone is so friendly. All the nursing staff too, all the staff and volunteers – everyone you meet really! It’s really humbling to be able to part of a team that is helping to facilitate people’s healing process – it’s nice to be able to give something back.
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering for the fundraising team?
They are a great bunch of caring, friendly and enthusiastic people! My volunteering helps me get out of bed one day a week and I always look forward to whatever new challenge lies ahead.