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Volunteering to improve confidence - Jennifer's story

Friday 9 June 2017


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Three children die each week in Scotland from a life-shortening condition. In donating their time, energy and passion, CHAS volunteers further our mission to reach every family that needs us. Our inspiring and dedicated volunteers are truly integral to how we keep the joy alive for the children and families we support.

Continuing the Volunteer’s Week celebrations, our attentions move to Aberdeen, as we catch up with Volunteer Fundraiser Jennifer Horan (28). She tells us how volunteering with CHAS has helped bring her out of her shell. 

“A family friend worked at CHAS, so when Robin House opened in 2005, I thought it would be a good time to get involved. I was a student and I thought, if I can help out in some way and bring some happiness and joy to people, I should. I started out volunteering in the kitchen and on the housekeeping team. Robin House is a place filled with happiness, and I enjoyed meeting the families staying at the hospice and having a wee chat.

“I moved to Aberdeen in 2014 for work and I wanted to keep a connection with CHAS, so started volunteering as a fundraiser. It’s mainly bag-packs and bucket shakes, which is such an easy way to get involved. I’m a full-time librarian, and volunteering at these kind of events is really flexible. You can dip in and out and just do what you can. It’s also been a really great way of meeting new people – I’ve had quite a few social nights out with the other local fundraisers, which has helped me to get to know Aberdeen better too. I used to be a shy teen, but volunteering has definitely brought me out of my shell, and I consider myself to be a real people’s person now.

“If you can spare a little bit of time to keep the joy alive for families across Scotland, email today!”

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