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Tony volunteers with us as part of our maintenance team.

I help with the maintenance team and as a qualified electrician, I have carried out various jobs from cutting down a tree to putting up Christmas lights. I report to reception at 8.30am and carry out any jobs as instructed by the maintenance team. I leave at 4.30pm and do this once a month. A highlight of my role is seeing the children’s and families’ faces when I put the Christmas lights up!

My son was looked after in his final 5 weeks of life by staff at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and the care and love we were shown as a family was beyond our expectations and made the worst experience a little easier. Hence I wanted to volunteer and give back to the hospice as a thank you for all we received, knowing from first-hand experience how any help is valuable.

Volunteering has developed my team working skills as I am self-employed and it has been a privilege to be able to join the team. When I am not working or volunteering, it is important for me to spend time with my family. I play golf with my sons and sometimes I can beat them! I enjoy watching them play football and I enjoy playing badminton weekly.

What would I say to a potential volunteer?

Any help you can give will be valuable as there are so many roles you can take on. The support you give will be gratefully received and could make such a difference to the lives of those in the hospice. Even the smallest amount of time given can make a huge impact.