Volunteer Spotlight

This week is national Volunteers’ Week. Charity work is often only possible through the hard work and dedication of willing volunteers, and in these challenging times there is certainly is no exception. Our wonderful team of volunteers have continued to support the work of Hospice Hope, and our services would not run without them.

Recently it became clear that our web app “Hope Stories” needed to be updated to reflect our new and adapted online services, but sadly we found ourselves without our original digital illustrator from Neontribe.

I decided to turn to Reach Volunteering, a recruiting site for professionals who have specific skills and time to offer on a voluntary basis. Within days of creating an advert for this task, I had over twenty applicants, all with in-depth knowledge of design and all eager to help. It was been a painstaking task of working through these impressive CVs to find someone who really understood the essence of storytelling for people who live with conditions likely to limit quality or length of life.

Amongst these applications one really stood out. The illustrator really seemed to understand the brief and the style of the web-app, and so we progressed the work. Elena promptly came back to me with suggested illustrations and we have worked together to create the storyboard for the site.

When I asked her for a short biography I was surprised to hear that a few years ago she had been on a multiple organ donation list, with a poor prognosis. Now, post surgery she is well, she has just got married and she was pleased to offer her work for a charity and give something back. 

This is a powerful story and we are delighted that Elena chose to offer her skills and time to us, during these challenging times. Thank you Elena for your hard work for our charity. We are so grateful that you felt able to share your journey with us and we wish you good health and every success for the future.

Liz Waters, Lead in Community Engagement