Christine Luckham – Chairman

My name is Christine Luckham and I am chairman of the Dreamdrops Children’s Charity.

I started volunteering for Dreamdrops 18 years ago firstly in an advisory capacity as my background is children’s nursing, then as a full time member. The reason for volunteering was to help with the extras that were not available, such as comfortable parent beds, vital if you are staying with your child in hospital. Also to fundraise for distraction toys that were not provided by NHS funds. 

What was your inspiration for volunteering?

My inspiration for volunteering is a personal one really. A member of my family was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 6.

As my job was as a children’s nurse I saw first hand the difficulties families were experiencing day to day. The stress and anxiety can be tough for everyone .

What does volunteering involve?

This can be different for everyone. My role is to support the team, children and families where I can. We organise days out for children, picnics, boat trips, fishing to name a few. I also give talks to different organisations to raise awareness of the charity and support with fundraising.

What have you gained by volunteering?

I think mostly communication, listening skills and a realisation that we can not help everyone.

What has been your favourite moment volunteering?

My favourite moment is seeing the smiles on children and families faces when we take them out.

Why should other people volunteer?

It can make a real difference.

What three words describe volunteering?

Fun, Friendship and Rewarding.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Dreamdrops please get in touch.