I first found out about The Carers Centre through my friend Nadine. Nadine knew I was a big Doctor Who fan, and there was an charity sci-fi auction event called “The Big Sign-Up” in 2015. While spending time getting a few autographs of a few famous faces, I found out more about The Carers Centre.
It was after then when I decided to volunteer for The Carers Centre; I had always enjoyed fund raising and thought it was a worthwhile charity to support.
While volunteering, my dad became very ill with cancer and we didn’t know what to expect. However, I carried on volunteering, and raising lots of cash for The Carers Centre. It was a hard time, but with support from everyone from The Carers Centre, it helped get us through a difficult time, sadly my dad died but I knew while I was volunteering how much the continued support was valuable to its users and the public.
I do enjoy my volunteering role with The Carers Centre, meeting the public, helping to spread the word of The Carers Centre, helping on information stands, giving leaflets out and trying to explain to others the importance of our organisation. Also when we have done tin collections, it has been worthwhile being able to listen to others and point them in the right direction.
I have helped when we have held our fundraisers - selling raffle tickets and selling items, such as cards, books, etc. when we had a stall at Glenfield Hospital.
Only people who have experienced difficulties will know the importance of what The Carers Centre and it's staff and volunteers do.
I hope to continue my role volunteer for many years to come.
Without the support and trust from The Carers Centre, helping to get me and my family through the hard times, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Even after my dad died, the support continues, not just for me, but for my whole family, and I am thankful for this.
Especially in these difficult times when the future is uncertain, The Carers Centre provides so many worthwhile activities, i.e. the crafty carers and the drama club all that have been a godsend while we have all been struggling in the past year.
Long may they continue.