Harry’s story

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Harry started volunteering at Penny Brohn for his Duke of Edinburgh Challenge, and loved it so much he applied for a job in the Community Fundraising Team.
“It is a place that I truly love and feel incredibly welcome, both as a volunteer and now, as a member of staff.”

I initially started volunteering with Penny Brohn for my Duke of Edinburgh challenge, volunteering with a friend from sixth form. We worked alongside the kitchen to aid with their menus and costings and my friend and I felt there was a really special energy around Penny Brohn.

Fantastic energy

After my placement, I wanted to stay in touch with the fundraising team, as we all got on so well and I returned to the National Centre during university. I worked as an intern, alongside the events team on the Bristol Half Marathon in 2015 – when Penny Brohn had been chosen as the official National Charity.

Working with the fundraising team, I felt it again. There was such a fantastic energy and team spirt in the office, which made volunteering such a pleasure. I gained valuable skills and practical experience that I could then use as a jumping point for my CV in the future.

Making friends

After Bristol Half Marathon finished – hitting a record number of runners – I just couldn’t tear myself away from the team and the National Centre that had become more than just a place to volunteer but one full of friends. So, instead of leaving, I continued to volunteer at Penny Brohn during my final year of university.

The travelling bug

After finishing my course I was offered a temporary position within the Community and Challenge team, once again working on Bristol Half Marathon. After the completion of my contract, like so many other young graduates, I gave in to that urge to travel and packed my bags. I was so glad to be able to satisfy the travelling bug, whilst keeping in touch with the team I had grown so fond of – the wonders of modern technology! Upon my return, I offered up my help once again and resumed volunteering, supporting the team in varied events and roles.

Part of the team

In August 2016, an internal role advertised to join the Challenge and Community team, being a volunteer enabled me to apply from a really great position, knowing how the team worked and particular elements of the role. I was thrilled when I was offered an interview – and then the job. It is a place that I truly love and feel incredibly welcome, both as a volunteer and now, as a member of staff. I think being a volunteer before working for Penny Brohn meant that when I did secure a job with them it felt like coming home. Having so many familiar faces around – and some not so familiar – everything is ever-changing and growing, and I can’t wait to see what my future with Penny Brohn holds.

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2019-03-25T13:40:13+01:00
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