Volunteer to get back to work

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THE Hospice of St Francis is offering help to people struggling to get back on the career ladder.

It is calling for volunteers to help out at hospice shops in Abbots Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon and St Albans.

Retail development manager Lin Underwood started off as a volunteer in 2002 after being made redundant from Boots.

She said: “[It] gave me a purpose again. I could start to rebuild my self esteem and it helped me get back into the swing of things.”

Claire Morgans, 33, was an assistant manager at menswear shop Birtchnells in High Street, Berkhamsted, before being made redundant after 17 years. She is now a hospice retail manager.

Mrs Morgans, from Cleves Road, Hemel Hempstead, said: “Being made redundant was an awful experience. Some days I would be able to think positively, some days there were just lots of tears.”

If you would like to join more than 300 volunteers at the hospice email Karen.Filsell@stfrancis.org.uk.