Mountbatten is a cause close to Karen Speirs' heart - her parents, brother-in-law and uncle spent their last days at Mountbatten Hospice and, ten years ago, Karen joined Mountbatten Fundraising to give something back.

Her role is varied and includes everything from office admin to planning and attending events, selling merchandise and stocktaking.

Karen also gets involved in Mountbatten’s major events, such as Walk the Wight, for which she co-ordinates the flat walk.

Karen said: "I just love being here, I feel like part of the team and it’s so rewarding. I try to encourage other people to come and volunteer, too.

We support more than 1000 Islanders on any one day, which is just phenomenal, so we need all the help we can get.


I think very few families have been lucky enough not to need the help of Mountbatten at one time or another, so it’s very important we all do our bit to support it!"