Over half of our 1000 volunteers lend a hand with our Trading team, keeping our 28 shops and distribution centre running smoothly and helping to bring in the much-needed funds for our services. Here, Felicity shares her experience as a volunteer in our Tenterden shop.
“After I moved to Tenterden from West London I was looking for something to do with my time that would also be a great way to make new friends in the area. I’m an ex-teacher so I knew I wanted to do something that helped children. Back when I was at university writing my thesis I visited a children’s hospice as part of my research, so when I heard about Demelza I knew it was exactly the kind of thing I had been looking for. I began volunteering in Demelza’s Tenterden shop and have been here for more than two years now.
Somewhat unusually, I was the only female volunteer! I work with Dave and John and I love their company – it’s a great team and I get on well with everyone. I help out by working on the till, which is fantastic because I love meeting new people and chatting with our regular customers. People in Tenterden are very aware of Demelza and the important work the charity does, which is lovely.
I also loved going to Sittingbourne for a tour, and Chief Executive Ryan answered all my questions! It was great to see first-hand what my time is helping to support and learn about the impact Demelza’s volunteers have on the services for children and families. I found the hospice so colourful, bright and cheerful – a very welcoming place.
I’m so pleased and proud to be a volunteer for Demelza and would encourage others to give it a try – there are so many areas you could lend a hand with or bring your skills to. By giving a few hours of you time to help children and their families, you do feel that you are doing an extremely worthwhile job."
Want to join #TeamDemelza and give the gift of a few hours in one of our shops? Check out some of the exciting roles we have available here.
For a sneak peek at life behind one of shop fronts, watch January's edition of Work In Their Shoes with Sophie when she was put to work in our Rochester shop!