Volunteers’ Week – Jude’s Story
Monday 01 June 2015
Volunteering for The Shakespeare Hospice
As well as helping in the Day Hospice and in the Shops, many volunteers help in Fundraising, with events, administration and in the community.
Jude Bowley (above right) volunteers with the Fundraising team:
“I have been volunteering at the Hospice for nearly four years, since October 2011. I was a primary school teacher and when I retired from that I wanted to do something else with my time.
I found out about The Shakespeare Hospice via VASA, where there was a role advertised for database work which made use of my abilities. I get asked if I volunteer in the patient area, but although I enjoyed my day in the Day Hospice I like to make use of the computer skills I have.
As well as working on the Fundraising database and at events with the Fundraising Team, I have also helped out with admin during the implementation of the Young People’s Services, have helped with Retail Gift Aid and have done some banking in Finance – I have probably volunteered in most departments at the Hospice!
Recently I have become the Chair of the North Cotswolds Friends and an Ambassador for Alcester, where I look after collection tins, the restaurant scheme and other fundraising activities.
I love volunteering, because I can give something back to the Hospice. It is also partly a social thing, as I enjoy meeting people and getting people involved with fundraising at the big events.
Volunteering is good fun and a great chance to meet people. I like being able to support the Hospice by helping at events and raising money, seeing how much I can raise through selling raffle tickets or the Hospice Lottery. It can be very rewarding!”