Duke of Edinburgh volunteers lend a hand

16th June 2016

Students, Alina Griffiths, Chloe Armstrong Simcock and George Hughes share what they've been up to.

Duke of Edinburgh volunteers

“Late last year, we decided to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme through our school. We were told that this would involve volunteering or fundraising with a charity, which was something we hadn’t experienced before. We mentioned it to our parents, and were put in touch with Steph Carter, a volunteer Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now.”

“Steph invited us to her home and chatted to us about the charity, and how we could help. She spoke to us for about forty minutes about meningitis, the signs and symptoms and the effect it can have on people’s lives. When we left her that evening, we were sure that Meningitis Now was the charity we wanted to support through our DofE volunteering.”

“In the 5 months, we have been raising awareness and funds for meningitis, we have all grown to understand more and more the symptoms and signs and how many people have been affected by it.”

“During the time we have been involved with Meningitis Now, we have sent emails, spoken to people on the phone, raised awareness through handing out leaflets at different sporting events, local garden centres and to pupils and parents at our own school.” 

“We have found ourselves speaking to complete strangers about meningitis and we have tried to raise awareness and money in the name of the charity.  We even contacted local press and managed to get our involvement with the charity mentioned in a paper! With Steph’s guidance we have had the confidence to do this.”

“Our volunteering occasionally involved long tiring days, but it was all made worthwhile when supporters who have been affected by the disease, thanked us for all the work we were doing.” 

“It has been emotional at times and really made us think about the contribution we were making rather than just ticking a box for our Duke of Edinburgh award.”

“We all feel that we have benefited massively from the work we have done for Meningitis Now in so many ways.  We are very grateful to Steph and the charity for giving us this amazing opportunity, introducing us to so many different people, and giving us the knowledge of something that could one day save our lives or the lives of our friends and family.”