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.
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.
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.