In 2013 Gareth Underhill and his wife Catherine Holligan moved to Shavington in Crewe. Quite quickly they realised that they wanted to become more involved with their local community, and that’s where St Luke’s came in. Here Gareth talks about his experience as a volunteer in our warehouse.

“When we moved here we were both working during the week, and so we needed to find a local charity that offered volunteering opportunities at the weekend. Plus because our time together was quite limited and precious we knew we wanted to work on the same volunteer project.

At the time I was working for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service so I was familiar with the vital work being carried out by St Luke’s, and so we quickly decided this was the charity we wanted to support.We contacted St Luke’s volunteer department and discussed the wide range of opportunities they had, and the best fit for our needs was volunteering at the furniture warehouse.

We met the warehouse manager Simon who was really friendly and helpful. After an induction we met the rest of the warehouse team, and then a week later we were volunteering!

We volunteer at the warehouse every other Saturday from 9.30am – 2.30pm, and no two weeks are the same, it’s fantastic! We do everything from helping customers choose items, sorting and pricing donations; we really do love volunteering there and get to meet some amazing people.

We have such good fun and at the same time we know that our support will enable local families to be supported by St Luke’s whenever they may need its services. Volunteering has become such an important part of our lives. Recently my wife Catherine became the Crewe and Nantwich Befriending Coordinator; the Befriending Service was launched this summer to support people living in isolation, and it is already a huge success.

I’m so happy that Catherine and I took the time to contact St Luke’s; becoming a volunteer at St Luke’s has made a real positive impact to us both.”