The lovely volunteer stories continue on, this time with Sue Walker! This story first featured in the Winter 2022 edition of the Grazer.
We sat down with the wonderful Sue (who volunteers for half a day a week in the office), always full of smiles with a fantastic sense of humour, to find out more about her why….
What is your passion / favourite things in life?
Family, Friends, holidays and I enjoy gardening.
How did you hear about Fordhall?
In the very beginning when Ben and Charlotte were raising money to save Fordhall. My husband and I bought shares to help with the funding and kept up with what was going on. I was delighted when they raised the necessary funding to save the farm for the community and beyond.
When and why did you become a volunteer?
I started to volunteer in 2022. I was unable to volunteer in the beginning due to family and work commitments. I have recently found myself with time on my hands so I am new to volunteering. I work in the office just one morning a week helping where necessary. Working with like-minded people is so rewarding. I’m finding that my office skills are slowly coming back. Working with young people again keeps me grounded and keeps me in touch with what the youngsters are into these days. The people are so helpful and friendly and all seem to enjoy coming to work. I have been made to feel very welcome.
Why is Fordhall important to you?
The ethos and ethics of Fordhall encompass all that is good. From the sale, the treatment and rearing of its animals, to the way staff and members are involved with its progress. Fordhall is what is good about farming today.
What would you say to someone considering volunteering who hasn’t before?
Volunteering is very rewarding. It’s something that I look forward to each week.
Nicola Syred, Community and Partnerships Lead
To find out more about volunteering at Fordhall, contact Mike via email firstname.lastname@example.org