Throughout Covid, Martlets has been a central hub for distribution of PPE to hospices throughout Sussex, using space at its Warehouse in Hove to store these vital stocks. Steve Perrin was a warehouse volunteer but last year when shops closed, this new role emerged.
“I am currently volunteering on the PPE distribution hub here at Martlets, and previously I have volunteered sorting CDs, DVDs and books in the warehouse. I’ve been volunteering here in total about three or four years now.
“Prior to that I was a chartered accountant and I worked for American Express for 15 years and before that I worked in financial services in London.
Why I support Martlets
“My father passed away at Martlets and my mother is currently being cared for by Martlets so it has meaning to me. And selfishly I needed something to do – I retired at 58 and I couldn’t just sit around and watch Netflix all day!
“I love working with the people here, they’re so friendly and it’s like having a job that you look forward to going into every morning. I really enjoy my roles here.
“We’ve been sorting the PPE throughout the Covid pandemic and I’ve felt like I’ve been doing my bit to help out throughout this.
“I am proud to be a Martlets volunteer because it means so much to the city and the people of Brighton and Hove. It’s like a badge of honour to volunteer here – well I think so.”