Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
John Ross’s Story

johnJohn Ross is a part time teacher who is nearing retirement and has completed a foundation course in Events Management. He volunteered with NICHS last year as part of his course and enjoyed it so much, he has stayed with us.

“A combination of factors motivated me to volunteer. My nephew died very suddenly of a heart attack in 2013 and my brother and sister-in-law have been involved in raising funds for NICHS since then. Volunteering is my way of showing some solidarity with others impacted by  heart disease.

“Volunteering gives me a sense of doing something worthwhile. I enjoy the very convivial working environment and supportive team. It is also an opportunity to learn new skills and gain new knowledge which contrast with my experience as a teacher. “The need for volunteers is great and all sorts of talents and skills are needed. The charity supports and encourages its volunteers, and you can volunteer on a flexible basis which fits around your other commitments.”