How did you get into volunteering?
My husband passed away in the hospice in 2007, at the time I was working as an IT Project Manager for Greater Manchester Police but wasn’t in the right place to continue working. I came into the hospice with donations from my husband’s funeral and enquired about volunteering opportunities. I helped the volunteering team initially – helping with spreadsheets, asking for raffle prizes and helped out at events like the annual fairs. As time went on I started doing lots of other things.
Tell us about what you do in your role
My main role now is Volunteer Ambassador – I give talks about the hospice to a variety of groups and organisations. Golf Clubs, church groups, community events and corporates. I attend cheque presentations so I’m often having my photograph taken! I also help out in the office with specific events such as our annual Golf Day and helping to promote the upcoming European Doctor’s Orchestra concert.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
I enjoy being able to give something back to the hospice after my personal experience. I enjoy meeting people and making friends and contributing to the community.
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering for the fundraising team?
You’ll have a great time! Especially if you are open-minded – because there are lots of opportunities to get involved with different types of events. It’s important to let the fundraising team know what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. So they can ensure you are getting the most out of your volunteering experience and that you’re doing something that’s right up your street!