I started volunteering with Elf in August 2018 and, one year on, have just come to the end of an incredibly rewarding time with the charity.

I was paired with an amazing gentleman close to where I live who found himself in a difficult position after finishing his leukaemia treatment. We met up once a week for a few hours and went for coffee, visited local food shops and garden centres. Our weekly meet-up became one of my favourite times of the week. Over the year, we became great friends and being a part of his recovery was incredible.

Throughout my time I would meet up with Sue, my coordinator for Elf, to check in and make sure everything was going smoothly both for the person I was supporting and for me. Sue was very kind. If I ever had a question I could easily get in contact with her and all administration was seamless.

One of my proudest days was at a charity breakfast for Elf Crediton. There was so much support there from volunteers and local people having a meal. I would highly recommend volunteering for Elf if you want to make a real difference to a new friend.

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