We have 16 charity shops across the region that raise vital funds for the Hospice but we wouldn’t be able to do any of it without an amazing group of volunteers to support each shop. Here at Birmingham St Mary’s, we’re very thankful to have such loyal supporters who give up their time to support the Hospice.

So here is Scott, our Weoley Castle shop manager, to introduce one of his volunteers…

Nigel is one of my volunteers, who is very positive and upbeat and always has a smile on his face. He’s always willing to work over when he sees that I’m very busy, and the customers like him and enjoy his table top sales. Nigel is also very popular with the other volunteers.

Nigel lives in supported accommodation and suffers from high blood pressure and has a minor learning difficulty but he overcomes all of this and doesn’t let it affect him in the work he does for the Hospice or in his everyday life. It is nice that he can be recognised by the Hospice for all the good work he does.

Here is our interview with Nigel…

How did you find out about volunteering at Birmingham St Mary’s?

Just by coming into the shop

What do you love about working in our shop?

Serving the customers, sorting things out to go on the shop floor .

I love having a table top sale outside and selling stuff and meeting people.

What’s been your favourite moment of working in our shop?

When we had a special sale with one of the companies that sponsors the Hospice.

How do you feel you’ve changed since becoming a volunteer for St Mary’s?

I feel my confidence has improved and I am more independent now. I enjoy having a laugh with the staff and customers.

What has surprised you about working in our shop? Something you didn’t expect?

The amount of donations that keep coming through the door.

Thank you so much Nigel for your support, it really means a lot to us here at the Hospice!

If you’ve been inspired by Nigel and would like to volunteer in one of our charity shops, please send us a message by clicking here.