Margaret has been volunteering at the CLIC Sargent shop in Trowbridge for almost 20 years. Here she shares her reasons for volunteering for CLIC Sargent and some of the ways she has benefitted from giving her time.
“My motivation for volunteering came about after my grandson Daniel had leukaemia at the age of two. I felt I had to do something to help a charity for children with cancer and at that time CLIC Sargent had just opened a shop in Trowbridge so I volunteered.
“I really enjoy my role as a volunteer, I especially enjoy chatting to customers, helping them with their purchases and giving advice about our products.
Volunteering keeps me young at 80. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people and learn new things.
“I have brought a lot of my own skills to CLIC Sargent and have also gained new experiences and skills such as using the computerised till and the chip and pin machine.
“One of the things I like most about volunteering is that I get plenty of opportunities to make new friends with other volunteers. I also have a lovely relationship with my manager Kate and the two deputy managers, Laura and Julia. We have great social events such as Christmas lunches and summer outings.
“I would definitely recommend volunteering as it keeps me young even though I am 80! It’s a wonderful way to meet new people and learn new things.
“So, almost 20 years on from when I began my volunteering journey, I am very pleased to say that my grandson recovered from leukaemia and is now 22 and healthy.
"I know CLIC Sargent does such fantastic work to help children and young people just like my grandson and so I hope to carry on helping CLIC Sargent for many years to come.”
Find out more about volunteering opportunities with CLIC Sargent in your local community. Whether you would like to give a few months or a few hours, your support is truly valuable to us.
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