We asked one of great volunteers, Richard, some quick questions so you can get to know him a bit. Our volunteers work tirelessly for Make A Smile and we wouldn’t be able to function without the support of people like Richard and his colleagues.
What’s your background?
I have run my own business as a Software developer, designing/writing/installing/supporting bespoke packages for various clients, for 35+ years.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
A number of hobbies & pastimes, such as golf, reading , holidays, DIY, socialising, dining, cinema, gambling, and volunteering
Have you ever won a prize or a lottery?
Yes – I’ve won £10 on Your Hospice Lottery.
What do you like about volunteering with make a smile lottery?
Firstly , the staff are all nice, friendly, pleasant and easy to get on with .
The office environment is fairly laid-back, and stress free, or seems to be on the days I am there.
Any help they get is greatly appreciated, and everybody is made to feel part of the team
Also, being flexible in the days & hours I work suit my work and social life, and hopefully suit the Make a Smile team.
What motivated you to become a volunteer?
Having decided to cut back on my work hours etc, I wanted to fill some of my time ‘giving’ something back. Like most people I have known people close
that suffered from cancer, and decided the St Helena Hospice was a good place to do this.
Do you volunteer for any other charity or organisation?
I have in the past helped out at the Red Cross mobility centre in Clacton, until it was closed down due to the drop in funding.
Why do you think a charity lottery is a good way of raising money?
Its a way to encourage people to donate, with the added incentive of possibly winning a prize, but I would think most people are
happy for as much money as possible going to help the charity itself.
Any memorable or funny stories from your time at make a smile?
Not as yet, but every day there is memorable