How did you get into volunteering?
My husband passed away in 2012 and I was looking for some volunteering to help fill my time. A friend of mine was already volunteering at the hospice and suggested that I help at the Christmas Fair. I did this and was made to feel part of the team so I then signed up to volunteer on a regular basis.
Tell us about your role
I volunteer in many roles – firstly I help with admin in the Fundraising Office. I also have a round of collection tins that I replace on a regular basis around Heald Green, Wythenshawe, Cheadle, and Northenden. I also help at some events e.g. Bubble Rush, Christmas Fairs, Summer Fairs, Light up a Life, etc. Lastly, as I sew, I now repair any bride or bridesmaid dresses, that are donated to our Cheadle shop.
What do you like about volunteering?
By volunteering, I feel that I am doing something worthwhile and also enjoy the company of the people in the office.
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering for the fundraising team?
I would say ‘DO IT’ as everyone is really grateful for what you do to help be it for an hour or a full day.