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'Volunteering for DEBRA makes a difference to people living with EB'

'Volunteering for DEBRA makes a difference to people living with EB'

After volunteering in charity shops for over 16 years, Boo Fortescue has become a well-loved member of the team at the DEBRA charity shop in Faversham. She writes:

'I started volunteering in The Action for Children charity shop 16 years ago and continued volunteering in the shop when DEBRA took over in 2009. I made the decision to stay as I really enjoy volunteering in retail and DEBRA is a great charity. I like the fact that we don’t just raise money and awareness of EB, but also helps make a difference to people living with EB on a daily basis. When new customers come into the shop I always take care to explain that not only are we trying to find a cure for EB but we are providing support to the individuals and families living with the condition.

I volunteer in the shop twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Outside DEBRA I like gardening, reading and sewing. I love doing alterations on some of my charity shop finds! We always get lots of exciting and interesting items donated to the shop. As part of my role I often help to create our window displays. It’s great fun coming up with new ideas and seeing passers-by stop and look in! It’s really rewarding to know that you are helping out the charity by attracting custom in to the shop.

I enjoy the diversity and challenges that my role brings. Every day is different! I enjoy chatting with the customers and welcoming new faces to the shop, whether they are new customers, volunteers or staff members.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and make new friendships. I would recommend it to anyone!'

If you would like to volunteer with DEBRA please visit our current opportunities page,  email us or call 01698 424210. 

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