“I’m still learning the ropes, of course, but enjoy doing different things and finding out what goes on behind the scenes” – Jean started volunteering after spotting a shop window advert

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 volunteerservices@each.org.uk

To find your nearest EACH shop, head here.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk


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