Throughout April we will be speaking to some of our inspirational volunteers who have dedicated their time to the fight for every heartbeat.
Edie, 15, started volunteering in our Fleet shop last August when she began her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
As part of the award Edie is expected to do an hour of volunteering every week, however she enjoys it so much she spends an extra hour helping out each week after school and plans to keep volunteering until she heads to University in a few years.
Edie said: “My older brother had volunteered in a charity shop when he was doing his DofE so I thought this would be a great way for me to volunteer as well. I went to several of the charity shops around where I live before I decided on the BHF.
“The BHF shop seemed like a great place to work, everyone seemed friendly and the Manager, Michelle, was really welcoming. She was one of the main reasons I chose the BHF as my volunteer placement.
“I love coming into the shop, we have a really great team of people and I can be as flexible around my school work as I need to be. I get to do so many different things when I am at the shop, from sorting donations, tagging clothes, working on the shop floor and arranging the displays. There is never a dull moment.”
More than just volunteering
“I really want to study fashion at university and I definitely think that my work at the shop will help me towards this career. We get so many different styles of clothing donated it is really fun to find some hidden gems.
“I am planning to continue volunteering throughout the rest of my studies. It is invaluable experience for both my CV and my university applications."
Volunteer with us
If you have been inspired by Edie’s volunteering experience we are always looking for more people to join our volunteer team.
Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn't be able to continue our life saving work without them. Volunteering with the BHF for just half a day a month could fund one of our scientists to carry out life saving research for a whole hour.