Heather Patterson – Communications
& Fundraising office volunteer
Office Volunteer Heather has been working in the
Belfast office for a few months.
Heather explains her role
I’ve been with the BHF for around 2 months as an office
based volunteer. I assist with Communications activity and
Fundraising. I help the Communications Manager by writing press
releases, newsletter articles, and I have a keen interest in the
social media side of things.
I also assist the Fundraising
Volunteer Manager by carrying out various tasks such as promoting
National Wear Red
Day, by ringing up local businesses and
encouraging them to participate alongside organising appeals such
as the Belfast Equipment Appeal. I also used to
volunteer in a BHF shop.
The most important reason I love volunteering is to help
raise the awareness of this charity within Northern Ireland with
the aim of helping to save local lives. Simple as that really.
I have a passion for communicating
with people and think young people need to be made more aware of
The way the BHF utilise multimedia is a perfect way to voice
Before I started volunteering for BHF,
I was unaware of how many lives are tragically lost each year due
to heart disease, and I believe that if more people my age were
awakened to the dangers and more responsive to the preventative
measures needed, the future would be much brighter.
decided to also undertake this role in order to gain further
experience within the third sector in a communications and
multimedia environment as I have just graduated from university,
and I want to have a career within this field. I also chose to do
this role because there is a plethora of new skills that I can learn.
It is a highly motivating experience
knowing that at the end of each day you might have potentially
saved someone’s life. It is also an opportunity for me to offer my
free time to positively impact upon the lives of others, whilst
also building up new friendships.
I have learnt to live life from a
different perspective, and to value the simplest things, such as
health, to a much higher level, and for that I thank
the BHF. Knowing that you have the potential to change
future generations is amazing, and as a young graduate I feel
privileged to be given the opportunity.
BHF has provided me with a
vision for the future.
Volunteering with BHF is for
everyone! It could potentially change your life. You’ll find
an extremely warm, friendly atmosphere that radiates everywhere and
is also great fun!
You will meet people that will change
your life, and in turn, you will have the rewarding feeling of
knowing that you have helped to change theirs. There is such a wide
variety of things to get involved in, so why not use your best
abilities to help change the lives of others as well as your