We are delighted to announce that Guy Hardill is now a Trustee of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation! Guy has been an extremely hardworking volunteer for the PPBF over the last few years. He’s always willing to spread the word about the work that we do, help with fundraising, lend a helping hand at events and step in at the last minute. Here’s a little bit more about Guy…
When and why did you become involved in helping the PPBF?
My wife (Jo) and I knew Andy and Jo Priaulx for many years as our sons played football together at Sylvans. Our son Jake was born at 29 weeks on 3rd December 2010. Following this experience, we quickly realised how much the PPBF had done in providing essential equipment to NICU and how much of that equipment was responsible for the success of Jake’s recovery. Very soon into 2011, once Jake was home and life returned to some form of normality, Jo and I got involved closely with the charity. You can read Jake’s story here.
What’s the best thing about being a PPBF volunteer (and now a Trustee!)?
Quite simply, giving something back. Without the fantastic support of the PEH, NICU and staff, Jake would not have remained on island, but he did and is now a thriving 5 ½ year old boy. We realised just how much equipment was provided by the PPBF – the Giraffe incubator was effectively his life support for 8 weeks. Knowing that everything I volunteer for is about continuing to raise the profile of the PPBF and raising more vital funds is an amazing feeling. Seeing and knowing other Bailiwick families are also benefitting from the charity is so fulfilling.
You also become part of a new family, we have made so many new friends from volunteering and attended some amazing events. I enjoy charity work and prior to working with the PPBF I had also worked with Help for Heroes CI Branch. I also assist the GSPCA with events, and it is not about recognition or reward, it is simply about volunteering time to assist a charity with whom we have close emotional ties (in the PPBF’s case). Being asked to be Trustee was a huge honour for me, and Jo and I were delighted.
Do you have any advice for those who are thinking about becoming a volunteer for a local charity like the PPBF?
Give volunteering a go! It is a chance to try something new, meet people, attend events on behalf of charities and take up a key role. It does not have to take up every weekend or daily commitments by any stretch, it is about giving as much as is reasonable to your circumstances. The more people that do it, the more work can be spread around and make great local charities like PPBF prosper for years to come, and continue to support the lives of people living in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Perhaps it may take a big life changing event for someone to support a charity, but why wait…
Become a volunteer
Throughout the year, we get involved in a number of events that involve the assistance of volunteers. Even if you are only able to spare an hour or two, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Ali Lihou for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org