EACH looks for volunteers for Thetford retail sorting centre

Betty Collins, Sally Harrington and Val Symonds, volunteers at the EACH Retail Distribution Centre i

Betty Collins, Sally Harrington and Val Symonds, volunteers at the EACH Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford. - Credit: Archant

A children's charity's volunteers have been sharing their experiences of working for the cause as it tries to attract new recruits.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices' (EACH) Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford is looking for people to chip in at its Brunel Way home.

The centre is where donations are sorted to distribute for sale in 19 charity shops, online at the EACH eBay store and at auction.

As the charity's retail operation grows, EACH are calling out for more volunteers to join their team – with opportunities available to suit a variety of time commitments.

Jake Grimmer, 21, has been volunteering at EACH for five months. He is based at the Retail Distribution Centre one day a week, plus extra if needed, and delivers goods to the shops, collects donated items and helps out with sorting at the warehouse.

He said: 'Everyone who works and volunteers for EACH in Thetford is really friendly; it's like a small family where we all look out for each other to get the job done.

'My dad works for EACH and I decided to volunteer here to get some extra work experience.

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'There are some great opportunities to learn new skills, get some good experience and understand different work environments.

Betty Collins and Sally Harrington, both from the Thetford area, have been volunteering at EACH for 15 years between them.

Betty, who volunteers one day a week, said: 'I've been here for ten years and really enjoy the work we do. It's a nice social environment where you can have a good laugh with people you wouldn't normally meet.'

Sally, added: 'I'm here one morning a week, and I love that it gives my week a structure and a reason to get up in the morning. I class the people here as friends and look forward to coming in every week.'

For more information, contact Cheryl Burns on 01842 821620 or email Cheryl.burns@each.org.uk