From volunteering to nursing degree After volunteering with Bluebell Wood, a Derbyshire woman has now moved closer to her dream job. Rebecca Smith Bramley, from Tideswell, who helped at Bluebell Wood for ten months until this June, is now studying nursing at Liverpool University. Rebecca decided to volunteer after hearing about the charity from her granny, Joy Bramley, who has volunteered with Bluebell Wood for many years. Rebecca said: “I volunteered every Thursday, helping in the kitchen with food prep, setting and clearing tables, washing up and serving food. “I had an amazing experience because all the staff were so lovely and welcoming and the families were inspirational. Bluebell Wood has an incredibly warm and loving feeling, and there were always so many activities going on, which made it a fun place to be. I looked forward to going every week and the kitchen staff were great to work with. “I would definitely recommend volunteering there, because it’s an incredible organisation doing some really wonderful things. However much or little you do, they make you feel valued, and you feel what you’re doing is important for the families. “My volunteering experience at Bluebell Wood was a big part of my decision to become a nurse because it really showed me the value of being able to provide high quality patient centred care. I’m currently in my first year of studying nursing. With nursing you can go anywhere and be of help. It’s constantly changing and every day can be different. I’ve always been passionate about equality, especially in healthcare, and believe everyone should have access to good quality healthcare.” Terry Lowell, Volunteer Coordinator, Bluebell Wood, said: “We were delighted to hear that Rebecca had secured her place at university and wish her all the best. It’s always great hearing how volunteers progress, and we hope that her experience with us helps her as she moves into her nursing career. “Volunteering with Bluebell Wood gives people the chance to learn new things, meet new people and know they’re making a difference. Their skill and dedication means that we can offer the services we do to our children and families.” To find out more about volunteering with Bluebell Wood please visit our volunteer page.