National Volunteers’ Week 2022
Volunteering at EHAAT – Kate Lloyd-Davies
I first heard about EHAAT by chance in 2010, shortly after taking early retirement and when I was trying to find an interesting volunteering opportunity. After talking to one of the volunteers who was representing the charity at a concert I was singing in, I decided that this was what I was looking for. At the time, the Herts helicopter had only been flying for 2 years, and the whole of the Herts fundraising team worked out of a tiny office in the old hangar at North Weald. How things have grown since then!
Over the past 12 years, I have given many talks and have also been involved in everything from bucket collections to manning stands at fundraising events, helping at landings when the helicopter is on a PR visit, helping in the office, working in the cash room, having a (small) tin round and attending events to receive cheques. Now that the new airbase at North Weald is operational, I am also part of the volunteer rota on the desk in Reception.
Quite apart from the satisfaction of helping to raise money for such a worthwhile cause, volunteering for EHAAT has given me the chance to meet so many interesting people – not just the staff, crew and volunteers, but also among the general public. I could never have guessed that a chance conversation 12 years ago would lead to so much.