Don Brown and Rosie Hull have a shared passion when it comes to volunteering and giving something back to their community.
The couple, who live in Cantley, halfway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, are in their sixth year of helping East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
They are willing to turn their hands to anything, from helping at the charity’s popular carol services to marshalling at the Bubble Rush and Colour Dashes.
They say being involved with such a special cause is something that gives them a great deal of pride and satisfaction and the release of their story comes during EACH’s fortnight-long campaign to recruit more fundraising volunteers. The drive to boost numbers is called #WeNeedYou – Be the difference, be an EACH Champion.
Rosie, 74, said: “It’s something we both enjoy and we’re happy to do anything that helps, from organising bucket collections to helping at specific events.
“For us, it’s very satisfying and a rewarding thing to do.
“We’re both retired and always said when we were working that it would be nice to do some kind of volunteering.
“We did some work for the Marie Curie charity and also Macmillan Cancer Support before spotting an advert in our local paper calling for EACH volunteers.
“We made enquiries, got involved and have been helping ever since.”
Don, 75, is similarly positive and says one of the best examples of why they do what they do comes at Christmas.
“One of the things we help at is the children’s Christmas parties,” he said.
“They can be very moving, emotional occasions and it brings it home why this is such a special charity.
“EACH does so much wonderful work, as everyone knows, and we find it very rewarding helping as best we can.
“It’s nice to feel we’re giving something back to our community and we enjoy being involved as a couple.”
As valued volunteers, Rosie and Don were invited to the opening of The Nook, in November 2019.
“It was such a lovely day,” added Rosie, whose twin sister, Ros, volunteers in the EACH shop in Aylsham Road, Norwich.
“Volunteering is definitely something we’d recommend to others.
“I think sometimes people are put off because they think it’s going to take up too much of their time.
“It doesn’t have to be like that, though, and it really varies in terms of what we do, depending on events and circumstances.
“My message to anyone considering getting involved is that just giving up a couple of hours can make the world of difference.”
EACH is on the lookout for additional people to lend a hand and support its various fundraising activities.
This could be at its own events or those organised by a third party, corporate and community speaking or bucket and pot collections.
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact EACH Volunteer Services via 01223 205183.
Alternatively, email email@example.com
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