Donna works as a Lunchtime Assistant at our Family Centre, and also Volunteers one day each week assisting our teaching team with a wide range of activities. Like all our volunteers, Donna is DBS Checked and brings a wealth of skills and talents to the charity.
“Back in 2002, The Elizabeth Foundation visited my son Lloyd’s junior school to conduct a talk in assembly about the Foundation’s work. Lloyd came home that day and asked if he could do some jobs to earn money for the children who couldn’t hear very well.
“He set to work for about a week, making his bed, washing up and generally trying to be helpful. With his earnings in hand, I took him and his brother Liam up to the Foundation and we were made very welcome. The boys were given Elizabeth Foundation hats and frisbees as a thank you.
“Moving on to September 2014, Lloyd had decided to study for a degree in Speech and Language Therapy at university, so he approached the Foundation and asked if he could do some voluntary work to help him gain experience before actually starting his degree course, which he started at Plymouth in September 2016.
“So that left me, mum, with both sons going to university and no one to run around after! So I asked the Foundation, as they were losing Lloyd, would they like me to take his place?
“I have been volunteering on a Wednesday since September 2016 and I thoroughly enjoy working not only with all the lovely children, but also the wonderful, friendly staff.”