Emma began volunteering here at The Donna Louise through the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum at RBS where she works. The company gives its employees 24 hours per year to volunteer for local charities so Emma and a group of her colleagues arranged to come to The Donna Louise.

Emma explained, “I think the very first thing I did was either gardening or painting at the hospice. I now manage the relationship between our office and The Donna Louise and regularly speak to Katie in the Fundraising team to organise our volunteers.

“We have around 30 people who have been involved in various events over the last 12 months and there is a regular group of around 10 people who volunteer for most opportunities with the Donna Louise.”

Emma also volunteers for us in her own time and has supported loads of our fundraising events, she added, “I’ve been involved in all sorts of events including bucket collections at various events (the circus, Potteries Shopping Centre etc), setting up for the ball at Sandon Hall, fun day at Northwood Stadium, ushering at the King’s Hall darts event and lots more!

“For all of us though, I have to say the best thing we did was helping to set up the grotto at the Christmas Fayre – we all thoroughly enjoyed it and took real pride in our grotto! It was a great day!”

So, why does Emma love volunteering so much?

“Volunteering always gives that ‘feel good’ feeling when you have finished the day, knowing that you have done your best to help the hospice. I love the opportunities that it provides to do something different and meet new people. I would encourage anyone to get involved and volunteer -it’s something that you will not regret!”

Thank you to Emma and all her colleagues who have supported The Donna Louise.