Angie Tugwell, 64, has been volunteering for Jigsaw (South East) since 2016. By night, East Grinstead based, Angie is a manager for an assisted living development. But whenever the call goes out, the active grandmother supports our child bereavement charity, in any way she can.
What is your Volunteer role at Jigsaw?
I don’t have a role as such, but I do collecting, carol singing and I try and attend as many events as I can. I also recently took part in the 2.6 Challenge, climbing up and down stairs at home to raise money for Jigsaw.
What inspired you to work with the charity?
I love people and helping others. My daughter works for Jigsaw and I wanted to support this wonderful charity, which does so much good for bereaved children and their families.
What skills did you bring to the role?
I brought life skills, along with kindness and an attitude and willingness to muck in and enjoy whatever I’m doing.
What do you get out of volunteering?
I enjoy knowing that what I’m doing will help children who are dealing with a devastating loss.
What skills have you learned?
I think it’s taught me to be true to who I am.
What training have you had to help you in your role?
As I’m an ad hoc volunteer I haven’t had any training, but in my day job, working with vulnerable people, I have completed safeguarding and many other courses.
Has volunteering changed you as a person?
I have always been loving, caring and willing to help others, so it is just another opportunity to put this into action.
What has volunteering taught you about yourself?
It has made me more understanding.
What is the best part about being a volunteer?
Being able to help others and hopefully making a positive difference.
What is the worst thing about volunteering?
Standing in the cold, shaking a bucket and the occasional rudeness of some people when we’re collecting, but not many!
What advice would you give to anyone unsure, but thinking about becoming a volunteer?
Be yourself, be hands on and help wherever you can. You can do as much or as little as you like. Any support is welcomed.
We thank Angie and all of our volunteers for the invaluable work they do. If you are interested in working with us as a volunteer in fundraising, admin or with families, please contact Sarah Dodson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.