What’s it like to volunteer?

Read some of our volunteer stories and discover the benefits of volunteering for charity.

What’s it really like to be a hospice volunteer?

Your help as a volunteer is vital to our work. But don’t take just our word for it – here are some of our volunteers’ stories.

Leon’s story

Leon volunteers as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award at our Arundel shop.

He said: “I decided to volunteer for Chestnut Tree House so I could do something in my local community. My family have supported the hospice before and that’s how I heard about it.

“I really enjoy being in the shop and the variety of tasks to do, and I find it works so well alongside my school work and other D of E volunteering.”

I really enjoy being in the shop and the variety of tasks to do.

Leon, Youth retail volunteer

How young people can volunteer with us

Mark’s story

Mark has taken part in many events for us, and volunteered countless times. He has ran or cheered at the Brighton Marathon for many years in particular.

“I had done a few runs for charity already but never really felt a part of them – until I met the amazing people at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House. I did two half marathons and the support was amazing both before and after. Not once did you ever feel like it was just about the money.

“As a volunteer you are as much a part of the day as the runners.”

You always have a great enjoyable day and the spirit amongst the volunteers is brilliant.