Chestnut Tree House volunteers have been speaking about the benefits of helping out at the children’s hospice to try and encourage more people to sign up.
Sue Davis, a retired examinations officer, joined the retail team after spotting an ad in the shop window. On the spur of the moment she took up the opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She said, “I hadn’t heard of Chestnut Tree House but once I had found out about the work they do caring for children with life-shortening conditions, I knew it was a worthwhile cause.
“I work half a day a week at the moment and thoroughly enjoy it; meeting lots of different people in a relaxed and friendly environment. I finish my shift tired but happy.”
Bernadette Roche volunteers one morning a week. She said, “I am at the shop on delivery day and it really is all hands on deck; unpacking, sorting and steaming the new stock before labelling it and getting it out onto the shop floor. I love to see what new things we have had in and speaking to the regulars who come in especially to see the new stock.”
The reasons for volunteering are varied. Sue Gale, another shop volunteer, had been considering volunteering for a while as she was looking for something to do since retiring. She added. “I really feel like I am giving something back by volunteering at the shop, and the fact that it is the only children’s hospice in Sussex makes it even more special.”
Chestnut Tree House are looking for volunteers in their Eastbourne and Seaford shops. If you are interested in meeting new people and gaining experience, while helping a worthwhile cause, call 01323 729433 or 01323 873936. The hours are flexible but four-hour shifts are preferred.