With Christmas fast approaching, we are excited to announce that we are well over half way to reaching our Christmas Appeal target and would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported the appeal so far.
There is still a way to go, but you can help us achieve it by sharing our appeal with friends and family and helping to raise money so we can continue supporting disadvantaged people change their lives through volunteering.
For most of us, Christmas is a time of celebration filled with hope for the New Year. So, for our first ever Christmas Appeal, we wanted to share a story of hope.
When Karl met Rosie from Step Together he hadn’t left the house for almost three years. Karl had been discharged from the RAF several years earlier because of a degenerative eye condition. Registered blind and no longer able to work, he had been forced to move away from friends to live with his sister and her family. Karl felt as though life was over and was diagnosed with clinical depression.
Rosie knows only too well the impact volunteering can make to someone like Karl. She also knows that it takes time, trust and dedication to convince someone who is vulnerable that volunteering is something which they could do.
‘Without Rosie’s support, the phone calls and emails making sure that I did not give up on myself, I wouldn’t be where I am today’.
Today, Karl is a volunteer be-friender to 5 local veterans who he visits every week. He also spends one afternoon a week working at a charity shop as well as contributing regularly to a talking newspaper.
‘Volunteering has changed my life. It has made me focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t.’
This Christmas, Karl is moving into his own place. He plans to spend Christmas Day visiting other RAF veterans who would otherwise be alone. He has high hopes for 2017 which include returning to work.
If you would like to get involved in fundraising for us, we would love to hear from you!