Schoolboy Rhys would recommend volunteering to anyone – regardless of age or experience

Schoolboy Rhys Gill says volunteering is for everyone and has urged more young people to support worthy causes like East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The 15-year-old juggles schoolwork with giving up his entire weekend to help at the EACH shop in Huntingdon.

He spends Saturdays and Sundays sorting donations, organising stock and helping customers at the Chequers Court store.

He says he would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their age or previous experience.

“Genuinely, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I feel motivated every time I walk through the door.

“The staff and volunteers have been so friendly and welcoming and I haven’t got anything negative to say about anyone.

“I’m happy to help with anything and everything and always look forward to going in at the weekend.

“I even wake up and arrive early because I want to do as much as I can to help.

“I like spending as much time as possible with these people because they’re like a second family. It’s such a lovely group.”

Rhys, who is preparing for his mock GCSEs in June and July, started volunteering in mid-January.

He went in looking for work experience and spoke to manager Loretta Impey.

When it transpired the shop was low on volunteers, he dutifully offered his services.

“My family and friends support me and like the fact I enjoy it so much,” said Rhys, who lives within walking distance of the shop and is a student at Hinchingbrooke School, on the outskirts of Huntingdon.

“They can see how happy it makes me and we all love the idea of giving something back to our community.

“I’m always telling my friends to get involved and, without doubt, it’s something I’d recommend to anyone.

“It’s such an amazing place and not somewhere you could ever get bored.

“Volunteering is also something that can open doors in the future.

“My ambition is to work in law but I’m also interested in the retail industry.

“It’s one of the directions I’d like to take my career and running or managing my own charity shop is something I’d love to do one day.”

There are a host of roles available at EACH and the minimum age to start volunteering is 14.

The charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.

It has three hospices, including one at Milton, and seven shops across Cambridgeshire.

In addition to Huntingdon, the others are in Histon Road and Cherry Hinton Road (both Cambridge), Cherry Hinton, Ely, Soham and Whittlesey.

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Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 |


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