Christine Barrett
Volunteer

Christine volunteers to help our management, fundraising and finance teams with a range of activities. Like all our volunteers, Christine is DBS Checked and brings a wealth of skills and talents to the charity.

Christine’s story

“Hello my name is Christine and I started volunteering with The Elizabeth Foundation in July 2018.

“I became aware of the Foundation through Julie Hughes’s partner, who I worked with in a company in Petersfield. I moved to Southsea in July 2017 and, following a hip replacement soon after, decided to semi-retire and enjoy my new life in Southsea.

“Previously, I had volunteered with Riding for the Disabled combining my love of horses with helping disabled children enjoy the social and physical benefits of riding ponies. Sadly, my hip surgery has prevented me from running round with the ponies so I reluctantly decided to retire from the charity.

“I wanted to continue volunteering and asked Julie if I could be of help at the Foundation, and after visiting the fantastic facilities with my partner (and fellow volunteer) Chris and seeing the amazing benefits the children receive, I decided it was definitely a charity I wanted to get involved with.

“I have had experience first-hand of having a child with disabilities and know how important it is that they get all the help and support that is available at a very young age in order that they can progress through school, feel included with their peer group and feel confident in later life. My daughter, despite numerous medical problems throughout her life, is now 26 years old and works at BAE Systems as an administrator. I am sure that the children who are part of The Elizabeth Foundation’s family will also fulfil their potential having had such a good start in life.

“I feel very privileged to be able to volunteer here and put my secretarial, administrative and bookkeeping skills to good use and at the same time see the children flourish in this wonderful environment. You are never too old to learn something new and I am happy to do anything that is asked of me (within reason!) and I know I am valued by the staff which gives me a sense of well-being too.”

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