‘When I first volunteered, I never envisioned what a life changing experience it would be’


‘When I first volunteered, I never envisioned what a life changing experience it would be’

James’s Story

James started volunteering at St Rocco’s Hospice 5 years ago as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  We spoke to him about his experiences and why he continues to support the hospice as an events volunteer.

What was it that first made you want to volunteer at one of our events?

Being a volunteer on the IPU, I am fortunate to see the amazing work we do at the hospice within the local community, supporting people’s needs in challenging circumstances.  Knowing that the hospice needs to raise roughly 80% of costs really shows just how crucial fundraising is. 

The hospice runs several events throughout the year, and due to the size of the events, as much volunteer support as possible is needed on the day.  It isn’t a big commitment as I only need to support on the day of the event so it’s a great way to help.

Which events have you volunteered at and how did you find the experience?

I have volunteered at several events over the years including the starlight walks and hospice hikes.  This year I also got involved in the Christmas tree collection.  All the events have been great to be a part of.  The people make the events what they are: participants, spectators, volunteers.

 Why do you think it’s important for young people to get into volunteering?

I think the idea of supporting a local charity and giving back is a great thing for everyone to do, no matter how much/how little time you can give; it really goes a long way and is a very rewarding experience.

For young people you will gain some great life skills through the experience, being responsible for tasks, working within a team, communicating effectively are all good examples.  This can be great experience to put on your CV and talk about at interviews, especially when it is becoming harder than ever to gain work experience.

What would you say to other young people interested in volunteering at events?

Just do it. It may be cliché to say, but it is true.  When I first joined the hospice, I never envisioned what a life changing experience it would be for me.  You will be making a real difference to your community by supporting these events and taking a lot from it both personally and professionally.

For more information about St Rocco’s Hospice or to enquire about volunteering at an event, you can email or call 01925 575780.