I have been a volunteer for Sue Ryder for just over 2 years and I am not exaggerating when I say that volunteering has changed my life in so many ways.
When I first stepped into the Sue Ryder charity shop in Emmer Green (Reading), I was incredibly shy and still grieving after losing my Dad a year before. However, after being a volunteer in so many different ways, I am a more confident person and I really feel as though I am doing something that not only benefits me, but also gives something back to Sue Ryder and I hope more than anything that it makes my Dad proud.
In the charity shop, I have done many things:
Working on the till
Helping to sort the donations
Price checking books
I was also a social media volunteer for a short while which involved maintaining a Facebook and Twitter page for a Sue Ryder shop.
More recently, I’ve used one of my main hobbies (writing) to help Sue Ryder by writing for their blogs and now by sharing experiences on the online community.
It is a real honour to be able to give something back to Sue Ryder who were so helpful and supportive when my Dad was dying. I would like to continue to volunteer for Sue Ryder for as long as I can.