Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 50,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help raise children’s aspirations by showing them exciting future possibilities.

Read some of their stories here and sign up at the top of the page to start inviting volunteers to inspire your class.

Nicola Payne, Nurse

4th May 2020

4th May 2020

Care Home Specialist Nurse at NEMS CBS Ltd. “I love my job!” Nicola said.  “I set out each day to make a difference!” Throughout secondary school, Nicola wanted to be a Nurse.  However, after leaving at 16, she worked in the financial industry until the credit crush in 2007 and she was made redundant.  Already […]

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Sue Hilsdon, Occupational Therapist

20th April 2020

20th April 2020

Sue Hilsdon is an Occupational Therapist for the Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust. Getting into healthcare straight from school, Sue now works closely with patients to help them to improve their quality of life.  Find out what she does  below. Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week? […]

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Alexandra Crew, Care Coordinator

6th April 2020

6th April 2020

Alexandra Crew is a Care Coordinator for the NHS. Changing her ideas on what she wanted to do while taking her A Levels, Alexandra shows that what seems to be a small decision can have a huge impact on your time.  Since then, she has been working in the healthcare sector, making a difference to […]

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Ally Middleton, Clinical Project Manager

23rd March 2020

23rd March 2020

Ally Middleton is a Clinical Project Manager at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. Ally never intended to be a Clinical Project Manager, but spend a lot of time working and in education to get there.  Below, Ally details how she got where she is today and what she does. Can you give some examples […]

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Nicola Stewart, Senior Research Nurse

24th February 2020

24th February 2020

Nicola Stewart is a Senior Research Nurse at UCL/CNWL NHS Foundation Trust. There are so many jobs available in the world that it’s impossible to know what’s available.  After working in intensive care, Nicola became interested in research and has divulged a new career path. Can you give some examples of what you do in […]

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Steve Hibbert, Senior Clinical Engineer

10th February 2020

10th February 2020

Steve Hibbert is a Senior Clinical Engineer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Steve is one of the people who works behind-the-scenes in the NHS, making repairs to equipment and disposing of the old.  He kindly told us about his work, how he got into clinical engineering, and the best route into this career. […]

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Nicky Cockerill, ACS Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

9th February 2020

9th February 2020

Nicky Cockerill is an ACS (Advanced Clinical Specialist) Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist for the York NHS Trust. Starting her career as a PE teacher, Nicky now works for the NHS where she works with a huge team to help treat people and provide them with long term self-management of their condition. Can you give some examples […]

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Tracy Maddison, Orthopaedic OPD Matron

27th January 2020

27th January 2020

Tracy Maddison is an Orthopaedic OPD Matron at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust. “Never stop learning” is what Tracy told us when asked what advice she would give to someone starting off in her career path.  As Tracy is now a Matron, she hasn’t stopped learning and you can see this when she describes […]

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Mandy Catchpole, Head of Nursing and Quality

13th January 2020

13th January 2020

Mandy Catchpole is Head of Nursing and Quality at Hastings and Rother CCG. Starting her NHS life wanted to be a Midwife, Mandy didn’t end up where she thought she would be.  When asked about her career, she told us how she became Head of Nursing and Quality and why others should think about a […]

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Emma Richardson, Midwife

30th December 2019

30th December 2019

Emma Richardson is a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Emma’s career in nursing didn’t start the moment she left school.  Instead, she travelled and had other careers before going for her current role.  After studying hard, she was able to reach her goal and became a Midwife.  How?  She details this below. Can […]

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