Don’t get me wrong, I love living in London. A city with endless things to do and magical places to visit. But even though there are nearly 8.8 million people living in this busy town, it can be quite anonymous at times.

That's why I find it very rewarding and satisfying to volunteer with different charities and campaigns.

I've written a blog post for my personal blog called Optimistic Heart, about my top four charities to volunteer for, which you can check out here.

While I'm on this particular website though, I'll tell you a little about volunteering for Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Since moving to London, I’ve had regular check ups for congenital heart disease at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, which are not only outstanding hospitals, but also have a wonderful charity.

Volunteering for Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity is very social and diverse, as you can get involved in many different ways. So far, I have already contributed to their newsletter, became the face of a fundraising campaign and was part of the cheer squad during the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

It is a fairly small charity, but with a big impact. This allows you to get involved a variety of things.

Assisting at sporting events such as The London Landmarks Half Marathon actually turned out to be much more emotional than I expected. Seeing all these runners taking part in support of loved ones and being cheered on by their friends and family was very touching.

You always hear people say, volunteering is so rewarding. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true. Giving back does feel good and it takes you out of your comfort zone. It allows you to try new things and offers variety. My advice would be to choose a project you are truly passionate about, to really make the most of it.

- Jara 

If you'd like to get involved with volunteering for our charity, we'd love to hear from you. Check out our current opportunities here, or email [email protected]