“I’ve been a Bluebell Wood volunteer for over nine years now, before the hospice had even opened. I started out as a volunteer for the Worksop support group, after being invited to one of their quizzes by a friend of mine. During the evening John Bower – the Chairman of the support group – stood up and asked if anyone would be interested in volunteering. I’d recently retired so I had a little bit more time on my hands, so I thought ‘I could do that’.”

Since then, Janet has volunteered in almost every part of Bluebell Wood – from helping out in the sibling group and her local Bluebell Wood shop, to bucket collecting at events. These days, you’ll find Janet volunteering on reception, where she acts as the first point of call for visitors and families.

“I am often the first person that people talk to when they contact Bluebell Wood. I really enjoy meeting visitors and families, and helping them in any way I can. Often that means taking a donation, or putting them in touch with the right person to help. Another big part of my role is sending out thank-you letters and certificates to our supporters, to say thank you for all their fundraising.

“The best thing about being a Bluebell Wood volunteer is the people. I have made so many friends since I started volunteering, and the staff really make you feel like part of the team. It’s good to know you’re helping make a difference to children families going through the toughest times imaginable, and I’d encourage everyone to give their time to support the hospice in whatever way they can.”

Janet is also a self-confessed bingo addict, and she enjoys going with friends at least once a week (although she admits she loses more often than she wins!)

Find out how you can volunteer here