Sarah Taylor, from Cowes, has been a shop volunteer since 2009 and tells us why she decided to get involved.


“My mum Brenda was quite a bubbly character, everybody loved her! When she became poorly, she started coming up to the John Cheverton Centre, and that’s when I decided I wanted to give something back. I first started volunteering in the Ryde shop, but I’ve also helped at the Newport warehouse and the Cowes shop. Now, I volunteer in the Ryde and Newport shops.

When mum was really poorly, the hospice nurses did everything they could for her; they looked after her so well, I just can’t fault them. And they also looked after me – they gave me a taxi home and back again because I don’t drive, which meant that I could get home and have a shower and then come back and see her. I spent the last couple of nights with her, up there at the hospice.

I just love meeting the public, and getting out and about and talking to people. We do get our regulars in and we have a good conversation with them, and a good rapport. I’ve also gained an NVQ 2 in Retail with the hospice, and I’m training to be a shop manager, once I’ve built up enough experience.”