After being out of the workplace for a while supporting members of my family through health problems, I felt like I had rather lost my identity. I thought of volunteering as a way to rebuild my confidence and felt an office based role would suit me best; as I had previously worked in a school office and for a wildlife charity.
I researched into local charities but nothing felt quite right. Then I found the Magpas website. I knew they were an air ambulance charity but I didn’t realise that they attend life-threatening emergencies over several counties, not just Cambridgeshire and that they also use rapid response cars. They obviously help a lot of people when they most need help and that really appealed to me. They were advertising for volunteers so I decided to take the plunge!
I was extremely nervous having an interview after so many years, but I needn’t have worried as it was very informal. We decided that my skills would be more useful to the fundraising team. So I am currently researching trusts that might be suitable for us to approach for funding. It’s work I enjoy as I like to get stuck into a project and see it through from beginning to end and I am realising how vital fundraising is for the charity.
Everyone at Magpas Air Ambulance has gone out of their way to make me feel welcome and they are a great, fun bunch to work with. At the moment I work one morning a week which fits in well with home life, as I am also a landlord and that takes up a lot of my time, keeping the admin up to date.