In September 2014, I found myself needing to come into London every week for just an hour. Since I was in the area and would have a bit of spare time during the rest of the day, I decided to volunteer for a local worthy cause.

I visited Royal Brompton Hospital and was fortunate enough to chance upon Alice Eastwood.  She was hugely encouraging and welcoming and I asked if she had any administrative roles, which she did and there was plenty of opportunities to become fully immersed in a support role.

I originally offered to volunteer once per week until February 2015.  But here I am, still travelling well over one and a half hours door to door every week...

I continue to volunteer because yes, the work is highly rewarding and the environment is warm and friendly. But for me, I think the main reason I keep volunteering at the Charity must be down to the people I've had the privilege to meet and get to know during my time volunteering.

It is a pleasure to work with the wonderful Fundraising staff.  In addition, I've very much enjoyed meeting other volunteers and friendly hospital staff. Most of all, I have been floored by the support and expressions of gratitude from patients, as well as their family and friends, for the work of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.   

Yes, like many of you, my personal life is quite busy.  Sometimes I barely have enough time to get through all that I need to during my week, but volunteering for Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Charity is a true pleasure and I am loving every single minute.

- Alex 

If you want experience the rewarding feeling from volunteering with us contact Alice Eastwood.