Susan Seddon started volunteering at Blythe House’s Whaley Bridge shop in 2020, as a way of making new friends and giving something back to the community, after retiring from her role in retail.

Susan, who’s from High Lane, explained: ‘My family live in the High Peak – including my mum in Chinley and my daughter in Furness Vale – and so I am regularly here in the area seeing my loved ones.

‘After I retired from my managerial position at a large department store, I really missed the social aspect of work and wanted to do something where I’d feel I was making a difference and that I was giving something back.

‘I love my role at the hospice shop – I am happy to get involved in whatever needs doing – bringing new stock to the shop floor, and displaying it – even just making cups of tea for my fellow volunteers!

‘It is such a great bunch of people; everyone is so kind and friendly. We have a good laugh and we all know we’re working towards the same goal – to support the fantastic work of a local charity.’

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Blythe House’s Whaley Bridge shop – and other retail outlets in Bakewell, Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills.