When I first put myself forward to volunteer at St Gemma’s in 2014 I was nervous about coming back; St Gemma’s was a big part of my family’s life as they looked after my mum, Anne, who sadly died when I was seven. I wasn’t sure how I would feel visiting again.
I needn’t have worried, St Gemma’s is such a special place, and though they help people in some of the most difficult times, there is always a sense of peace, purpose and happiness. I soon got stuck in, becoming a regular events volunteer and making friends along the way.
When I sent the email to the fundraising team back in 2014 I didn’t know I was making one of the best decisions I could make, I’ve gained confidence, skills and met a whole load of great people.
Everyone who volunteers at St Gemma’s has their own reasons, their own story and listening to them you soon understand what a wonderful place St Gemma’s is.
Volunteering at St Gemma’s has been an enjoyable, interesting and varied experience – I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in lots of different activities from selling raffle tickets and tea and cakes at the vintage fairs through to assisting at big events such as the Winter Ball and even throwing coloured powder at runners at a colour run.