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Volunteer Story – Stephen Fraser

Stephen Fraser, 34, lives in Glasgow where he owns the FITT Principle, a personal training studio, and hosts a podcast. He is also a volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on its plot at the Growchapel community allotment project in the Drumchapel area of the city.

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Volunteer Story – Ash Kasibante

Ash Kasibante is a 23-year-old Software Engineering student at Glasgow University. Not content to just focus his time on his studies, Ash is also a volunteering hero for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s retail store in Partick, as well as being a member of the charity’s Health & Wellbeing Working Group.

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Volunteer Story – Graham Morris

I have been volunteering at Cyrenians for almost one year now. We lived away and moved back to Aberdeen and I retired early but still wanted to contribute. Someone recommended Cyrenians and I looked into it and thought it would be rewarding being part of the charity

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Volunteer Story – Morag Taylor

Morag Taylor lives in Clarkston, Glasgow. A nurse in neo-natal surgical intensive care, she had to give up work because of a hip injury. She has been a volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland since 2014 in a variety of roles.

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Volunteer Story – Sanshika Bhardwaj

Sanshika is a first year medical student at the University of Glasgow and an avid volunteer with CHAS. She began volunteering with CHAS in 2020 when she was in S4 and she says it has been one of the best decisions she has made.

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Volunteer Story – Elaine Clarke

Elaine has been a volunteer with CHAS for more than six years, starting with occasional visits to Rachel House. Now that she is retired, Elaine has enthusiastically embraced various volunteer roles with the organisation. During the pandemic Elaine made over 4000 face masks raising around £15000 for CHAS.

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Volunteer Story – Diane Rayner

Diane Rayner, 62, lives in Aberdeen. A former paediatric nurse, she signed up to become a volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland but suffered a stroke just as she was about to take up the role. Three years on, Diane is celebrating both her recovery and a year as an admin volunteer with the charity.

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Volunteer Story – Alan Boe

Alan has now been a volunteer with CHAS for almost 20 years!
One of his most memorable experiences was when he volunteered to collect cans from the Heriot Watt University shop. Through their efforts, the university shop raised a remarkable £10,000 for CHAS. Alan has certainly counted a lot of cash!

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Volunteer Story – Jocelyn

Jocelyn has been playing the hospice piano in Edinburgh since 2019 and was formerly a teacher at a school in Edinburgh. When the pandemic hit and we had to ask our volunteers not to attend the hospices, she asked if there was anything else she would be able to do while unable to carry out her role.

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