Kate is one of our regular Classroom Volunteers.
“I have been a volunteer at The Elizabeth Foundation for over seven years now. I was working as a paediatric intensive care nurse but I found that I had some time to spare.
“I wanted to put this time to good use and as I had worked previously with Julie Hughes I asked her if there was a need for volunteers. I came along one day to see what it was all about and have loved every single moment of my time spent at The Elizabeth Foundation so far.
“I mainly help with the preschool children. It is such a joy to see them progress throughout their time at the Foundation from a child who starts with little or no speech, and leaves to go to “big school” chatting away to their fellow classmates.
“I also find that I am a regular fixture at the Summer Fayre and Christmas Bazaar, specifically in the “tea area”! You get to talk to so many people and it is so rewarding seeing everyone busy shopping at the various stalls, chatting to others, and basically enjoying themselves.
“I am now in a position to offer my help at more fundraising events and will assist where I can at a variety of events, including bucket shaking!
“I found myself volunteering to help at the Summer Programme which has been running for a few years now. I will do anything that is asked, from playing with the children through to shopping for pizzas with the sibling group and also then making them!
“I try to spend some time with the parents too as they are always such a big part of The Elizabeth Foundation.
“I love working with the enthusiastic staff and am happy to assist them in the wonderful and inspirational work that they all do. They really make me feel part of the team. I hope to continue my volunteering at the Foundation for many years to come!”