The charity EACH is celebrating Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) by recognising its 1,300 volunteers who help the charity.
The organisation relies on them for fund-raising, its shops, maintaining hospice gardens and supporting families with household tasks.
One of EACH’s volunteers who has got praise is 82 year old Sheila Brown, a retired nurse from Bury St Edmunds who has done its good work for 11 years.
She said: “I remember nursing a seven year old boy at the end of his life. I had nothing to offer his parents except for them to return later to collect his death certificate.
“I knew that as soon as the opportunity arose to help a children’s hospice I would offer my services.”
She has raised funds for them ever since and is now a volunteer speaker for them, networks locally to raise awareness and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity.
Four years ago Sheila wanted to sky dive to raise more money but could not due to health reasons.
Her five Grandsons and one son did it wearing T-shirts that said ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ in her honour and raised more than £800.
She said: “I have met some wonderful people volunteering for EACH. The support EACH provides, especially after a bereavement is outstanding and I am proud to be involved. Here’s to the next 11 year.”