This week, Dame Esther Rantzen joined us in celebration of the commitment and dedication of a group of outstanding volunteers.
The afternoon saw Caroline Roberts, Andre Captieux, Michael and Sheila Pearse and Ann Adams join Dame Esther for afternoon tea at The Langham Hotel in London. The special afternoon was an opportunity to thank the volunteers for selflessly pledging their precious time to our fight against heart disease.
During the afternoon, Dame Esther had the opportunity to discuss with each of the volunteers their roles and reasons for volunteering with the nation’s heart charity.
We currently work with over 26,000 volunteers in both fundraising and retail capacities. Volunteers range from all ages and different backgrounds. Volunteering with us offers a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills while also utilising existing skills and providing an opportunity to fill time in a really positive way and to become part of a team.
Dame Esther said: "Last year, the BHF invested more than £100 million in research. This huge figure would not be possible without every single volunteer who contributes their time.
“The inspirational volunteers I met are a testament to the difference a couple of hours donated each week can make. By volunteering, these people are helping the BHF fight coronary heart disease (CHD) – the UK’s single biggest killer - they should be very proud."
Linda Fenn, Head of Volunteering at the BHF, adds: "Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our life saving research without them. Many volunteers join us because of their connection to the BHF, others to meet new people, gain work experience, or as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
“We always welcome more volunteers to join the fight against heart disease. You can get involved and make a difference to people living with CHD in many ways, from volunteering in our shops, joining a fundraising group, arranging your own fundraising activity or helping at an event.
To volunteer with us, you don’t have to commit to full days or a certain number of times in a week, we're keen to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare.”