Daniel - Shop and Fundraising Volunteer | The Hospice of St. Francis

Daniel - Shop and Fundraising Volunteer

Meet Berkhamsted Shop volunteer and JFK student Daniel Mackley, 15, from Northchurch who has been volunteering at our charity shop for nearly a year, in his first volunteering role.

He helps the staff in the shop by registering the online gift-aid claims that enable the shop to claim tax back on the daily sales as well as logging new gift aid customers on the computer.

“I live and study locally and I like to support local causes whilst at the same time enhancing my skills. Everyone in Berkhamsted knows of the great work of the Hospice and their focus on end of life care.”

Daniel also adds, “I also help by sorting through donations, restocking shelves, general tidying up and maintenance of the shop. I began volunteering for an hour and a half a week after school as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award but decided to keep doing it to support my local community. The staff in the shop have told me that since I have been there the difference I am making means that they have been able to leave on time. It’s only a short time out of my week and I feel good that the hospice benefits from my volunteering.

The variety of activities the Hospice is involved in (previously, I took part in one of the midnight walks), has shown me how important fundraising is as the main source of income, and the importance of the gift aid claiming back that I get involved with.

It’s great to support a local charity. The Hospice does a lot to look after people with life limiting illness (some that I have known myself), and the volunteering is a great way to develop your independence, confidence and customer service skills.

Knowing that the work I am doing is contributing in a small way towards the best support for ill people at the end of their life, is the most rewarding aspect."