A newcomer to the world of charity volunteering says her role has given her something fresh to focus on.
Jean Edginton has been helping in the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) shop in Meredith Road, Ipswich, since 2nd November.
She decided to get involved after spotting an advert in the window and because she was looking for something to fill her time, after husband Ricky died in June.
“I wanted something to keep me busy,” said Jean, who moved to Ipswich from Kidderminster in 2021.
“When I saw the advert appealing for more volunteers, I knew straightaway it was something I wanted to do.
“It’s a great way to fill my time and it’s been very enjoyable so far.
“Everyone has been lovely and welcoming and I definitely feel it’s something I’m going to get a lot from.
“I’m still learning the ropes, of course, but enjoy doing different things and finding out what goes on behind the scenes.
“It’s such a smooth, well-run operation and an amazing charity to support.”
Jean is no stranger to volunteering, having previously given her time to support the League of Friends while living in the Midlands.
She moved to Ipswich to be close to her sister and now volunteers for EACH every Thursday morning.
“My initial impressions are so positive,” she said.
“I certainly don’t have any regrets and would recommend it to anyone.”
Shop manager Mandi Higgins said: “Jean is already a valued member of our team and always has a smile on her face. She’s up for any task and is a delight to have in on a Thursday morning.”
For more information about volunteering, speak to a member of staff in-store or contact volunteer services on 01223 205183. Alternatively, email email@example.com
To find your nearest EACH shop, head here.