June Sankey is immensely proud that there are three generations of her family now volunteering for St Richard’s, herself, her daughter and her granddaughter. She was press-ganged into helping a friend with fundraising activities in the 1980s and has been doing it ever since. The list of things she’s done is endless and she talks with passion about why she commits so much time to the hospice and what she has got out of it herself. She now volunteers in the Droitwich shop and says that part of being a shop volunteer is being there for people who come in with donations and want to talk.
June has lived in Droitwich for most of her adult life. She first learnt about St Richard’s from her friend Peggy Poultney who started fundraising in the 1980s. Although June knew very little about the hospice service at this point, she instinctively believed in what the founders were trying to do, and she set about helping them. In the following extract, she talks about some of the things she and her fellow volunteers got involved in.
June was keen to do more as a volunteer, but as she couldn’t drive, she was a bit restricted. That changed when St Richard’s opened a shop in Droitwich in the late 1990s. In this extract, June describes how her first visit to the tiny shop in Guerneys Lane changed her life.