Holly Swan from Aylesham is a busy mum, student and research intern at Canterbury Christ Church University but still makes time to support Pilgrims Hospices as a volunteer.
Holly found herself becoming involved as a volunteer when she spotted a Pilgrims fundraising event that piqued her interest. She said: “I’ve always expressed an interest in how charities organise and manage fundraising events; I saw the festive Santas on the Run, it looked really fun and I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit by giving my time.
Pilgrims is truly a safe haven of support for people at the end of their lives. Importantly, that support extends to patients’ families and friends who may need help and guidance when caring for loved ones.
“I volunteered to help with the event registrations on the day, it was a great way to meet new people and to feel like part of the Pilgrims team was something really positive. It was great being able to give the Santas a smile and some encouragement before their run.
“There are so many amazing people doing so much to support our local hospice, it’s brilliant to be involved with the fundraising events, I’m hoping to help with Divas on Wheels and several other events this year.
“It’s apparent from the supporters I’ve met and from personal experiences spoken of by my husband and his family, Pilgrims is truly a safe haven of support for people at the end of their lives. Importantly, that support extends to patients’ families and friends who may need help and guidance when caring for loved ones.
“I’m pleased to volunteer for a local charity that does so much within our community.”
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