We’d like to get an idea of who you are – could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a stay at home mum and charity shop volunteer. I love family life, spending time with my husband and son, often going on walks and bike rides and exploring new places … and the charity shops that might be there!

I love having fun with fashion, wearing as much colour as possible and trying to shop more sustainably.

Could you describe why you chose to volunteer for St Giles and why working with a hospice might be important to you?

Living in Lichfield I was aware of the work of the St.Giles Hospice and I had also previously participated in events such as the Solstice walk, so, I was happy that when I was free to volunteer, once my son started school, I could help at the St.Giles shop Lichfield.

Can you talk us through some of your responsibilities? We’d love to hear about your day to day experiences of the role.

When I first started volunteering, I helped on the till, filling up the shop, but now that I am more confident, I help with displays such as dressing the window and shop mannequins, and I also sort any jewellery donations that come in, pricing and displaying these. Volunteers also help sort through donations, and pricing items.

Could you describe what you’ve learnt both in terms of your role and about yourself?

Every day volunteering is different, there always something different to do and always such a variety of donations.

I look forward to my days at the shop, I’m happy there, helping the customers and helping the charity.

Could you describe why volunteering in this role is important to you and what positive impact you feel it has, either for you personally or for St Giles – or both!

Being a mum is a rewarding role, but volunteering at St.Giles also gives me a purpose. I know that the work I do makes a difference and raises vital funds for the hospice and those in need.

What has been the most memorable moment of your volunteering at St Giles so far?

Any valuable jewellery that gets donated I make sure to get it valued to ensure we make the most money possible for the charity. After one valuation, we then sold those items and made £500! We were all so pleased with that!

I was also delighted with our Christmas window, I created a mannequin’s Christmas dress using wrapping paper and ribbon and it was enjoyed by so many of our shoppers.