National Volunteers' Week blog - Sue Tudge

As part of National Volunteers' Week, we're publishing blogs about volunteering with St John Ambulance. Today, we talk to Sue Tudge.

What inspired you to get involved as a volunteer?

I joined St John Ambulance as a Cadet many years ago as my dad already volunteered, and encouraged me to join him. St John Ambulance soon became a family affair - my dad, granddad, aunt, son, daughter and partner have all been involved!

It’s unbelievable how many amazing volunteers there are within St John Ambulance. I was inspired to fundraise by my father, who was always a very active fundraiser. Some of his ideas were a little random, but they always helped raise funds!

What do you enjoy most about being a St John Ambulance volunteer?

Fundraising is something I’m very passionate about. Our donors, sponsors and pavement pounders help save lives, and highlight the work we do within the local community. So far this year in Coventry we’ve raised over £5,000 from fundraising at local supermarkets and other events. We’ve had such wonderful donations from the public, and it’s also helped boost new volunteer enquiries from all age groups.

What’s been your most memorable moment from volunteering?

I've had so many memorable moments, but the one that stands out the most is that I met my partner attending a St John Ambulance training course! What originally started out as a little bit of banter between two adults resulted in a relationship that has lasted five years and counting.

Feeling inspired?

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