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Ashgate Hospice > “Volunteering in Ashgate’s shops is a great way to get job experience”

Mike Collins, a steward at Chesterfield FC, decided to volunteer in Ashgate’s Chesterfield town centre shop to gain some more retail experience eight years ago – and hasn’t looked back since. 

He enjoys making the customers and his colleagues laugh and finds the experience of volunteering for the hospice very rewarding. 

Since starting in the shop in 2014, Mike has also volunteered at Ashgate’s events, including the Sparkle Night Walk on five occasions, and helped teams in other hospice shops across Chesterfield.  

“I love being a volunteer in one of Ashgate’s shops,” said Mike. “You make no end of friends, gain plenty of experience and get a real sense of satisfaction from doing your bit for the hospice. 

“I like helping people and if I can raise a laugh whilst I’m working behind the till then that’s great!  

“I’ve supported Ashgate in various ways and find giving up my time to help in the shops is rewarding and very much appreciated by the whole team.  

“To anyone thinking about volunteering I’d tell them not to hesitate – I’m so glad I signed up and I wouldn’t change it for anything.” 

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can go to and fill in the Volunteer Enquiry Form.  

Alternatively, pop into your local shop and ask to speak to the shop manager about volunteering. You can find your nearest shop below.