“My motivation for volunteering is knowing that somebody brought me back from death three times during my coma, a coma I may not have been in if Sepsis had been recognised. I started volunteering about six months after discharge, around August 2019”.
We are back again to say a big thank you to our volunteers! We recently had the opportunity to catch up with the amazing Mike who is one of our most active volunteers for the UK Sepsis Trust. Mike unfortunately experienced first hand the life threatening effects that Sepsis can have after enduring a coma in 2019. He now gives talks to a range of different groups via zoom about his experience and recovery journey, as well as manning booths and sharing his story at charity events. Mike is also a big advocate for NHS charities, expanding his volunteering efforts even further.
Mike is an avid football, rugby league and cricket fan, although he expressed that his main passion is raising awareness of Sepsis and to get Post Sepsis Syndrome recognised. One of his most memorable experiences whilst doing so was being able to share his story at an NHS quality improvement conference.
“To date my most memorable experience was telling my story to 125 delegates at an NHS quality improvement conference, when half the delegates are in floods of tears it's quite powerful and a sobering moment”.
In terms of Mike’s future volunteering endeavours, he has been offered a volunteering role which will include buddying a board member (deputy CEO) to help the board understand the value of lived experience service users and help to set up a Co-Production committee.
“As for Volunteero I think you should leave it exactly as it is, it's extremely easy to use and not over complicated”
Truly inspiring stories such as Mike’s is exactly why we are proud to be working alongside such incredible charities and volunteers. If you'd like to know more about how your charity can improve the experience for your volunteers and save a great deal of time in the process, please get in touch or book a demo.