From quirky creations to random repairs, Bryan is a volunteer who epitomises that there really is a place for everyone at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

You’ll find Bryan, from Dinnington, tinkering in our eBay department, inventing teapot lamps to give your living room that eccentric edge or restoring donated antiques to be sold online.

Having worked in the engineering industry since the tender of age of 18, semi-retired Bryan’s finely tuned skills come into their own on the Bluebell Wood volunteering team.

Affectionately known as ‘Bry-with-a-Y’, Bryan always has a smile on his face and will chat to anybody; a testament to his strength of character, having endured such painful tragedy in his own life.

In 2017, Bryan lost his wife to cancer and devastatingly, his son took his own life. However, volunteering has provided a lifeline for Bryan to process his grief.

He said: “I got support after losing my wife and son and I decided that it was time for me to give something back to the community.

“When I moved back to Yorkshire to live in Anston, I had heard of Bluebell Wood but didn’t know much.

“My friend David encouraged me to volunteer and that’s how I ended up volunteering once a week for the eBay team. I find it so satisfying! I wake up in the morning excited to go in.”

He reminisced about a favourite Bluebell Wood memory, when he discovered a designer Moorcroft lamp had been donated.

“Minutes later, I was told it had sold for £70 on eBay. I said “get in!” Moments like that really float my boat,” he said.

He added that hearing of any fundraising efforts in aid of Bluebell Wood leave him “buzzing” and that raising as many funds for the hospice has even become a family affair.

The 67-year-old’s three eagle-eyed grandchildren and daughter are always looking out for weird and wonderful objects which could be sold or redesigned for Bluebell Wood. When they find something interesting, they take great delight in letting Bryan know!

“If you want to volunteer for Bluebell Wood, go with the flow,” said Bryan.

“See for yourself what it is like. I thought the hospice would be clinical, but it feels like one big family. The atmosphere is so friendly, I always leave feeling top-notch. If you’re thinking about helping a good cause, come to us!”

To find a volunteering role that’s right for you at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, email [email protected]