The Children’s Trust Celebrates National Volunteers Week

Brianna Middleton-MacPherson

During 1- 7 June, we joined in National Volunteers’ Week with a range of activity to thank our amazing volunteers for their continued support and dedication. We have over 500 volunteers across our shops, in our offices, on our roads, supporting our children, and at our fundraising events, dedicating over 100,000 hours every year. Put simply, without them we could not do what we do. So here’s what we got up to, to show them how much we appreciate every minute they give. Retail Picnic We hosted an event to give our retail volunteers the chance to visit our headquarters in Tadworth and to meet some of the young people we support. For most of those attending, it was their first time visiting the site and seeing the rehabilitation centre, so it gave them an insight into what we do to support children and young people. After the tours, they enjoyed a picnic in our beautiful gardens. Thank You Reception with the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead We were lucky to have a visit from The Mayor along with the group Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead to thank our volunteers for their contribution to the local community. Volunteers were thanked with a personal card from the Mayor and enjoyed a morning of tea and cakes. Visits from Celebrities & Dignitaries Actress, Joely Richardson joined us for a wonderful thank you barbecue where she met lots of volunteers including Diane Graham, who is a brilliant ambassador for The Children’s Trust after her son received respite care at the charity.   Comedian, Tim Vine visited the Epsom charity shop and got the chance to meet and thank Scott Burns, who volunteers at least once a week. The High Sheriff of Surrey also came to visit our headquarters, and met Mike Archer whilst he was volunteering in our rehabilitation houses. Mike was inspired to get involved with The Children’s Trust after his six year old granddaughter had a brain injury. Our volunteers all have different reasons for volunteering at The Children’s Trust, and we love sharing their stories. We’re always looking for new volunteers, watch our video to hear more about why our volunteers give their time to help children with brain injury, and join the family! Find out how to get involved here.