Volunteers from across the East region visited Chavasse VC House Recovery Centre in Colchester for the biannual Eastern Volunteer Conference.
The meeting brings together volunteers from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk , Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, to hear from staff and beneficiaries about how their dedication helps support wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
East Regional Income Manager and organiser of the event, Carole Groves said: “As a charity we rely on our volunteers to help raise valuable funds, I am privileged to have over 300 dedicated and passionate people supporting us across the East. Today is about showing them how their fundraising efforts help rebuild the lives of so many.”
Julian Hayes, Psychological Wellbeing Manager, gave the volunteers an overview of psychoeducational interventions and support services provided by his team of three at Chavasse VC House.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery then gave the volunteers an insight into the work of his team following a year of amazing sporting achievements.
Colchester veteran Brendan Gordon, gave a very emotional talk about his own road to recovery and received a standing ovation from the entire volunteer team.
For 18 of the volunteers, it was their first visit to a Recovery Centre.
Laura Kemp, volunteer from Essex said: “I had a fantastic day and it has just confirmed why the charity is amazing and why I chose to volunteer for them.”
Hertfordshire local co-ordinator, Elaine Nottage said: “If you are thinking about volunteering in 2017 ‘go for it’. Don't ask why but ask why not? It’s a lot of fun and you'll probably be tired at the end of a long day but you'll be smiling from ear to ear.
“We hear that we can make a difference but when you prove that by volunteering, you really understand how monumental that difference can be.”
Carole was delighted with the turnout. “My job is made so much easier by the dedicated hard work of our fabulous volunteers. It was great to give them the opportunity to listen and see how all their fundraising efforts are turned into the amazing success stories of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. It is a privilege to work with such great passionate and selfless people," she said.
If you're interested in volunteering for Help for Heroes, please contact our volunteer recruitment team on 01980 840224 or email us.