Phyl Brown

Phyl Brown started volunteering at the Royal Children’s Hospital 35 years ago. Thirty five years later she continues volunteering at the children’s hospital. She found volunteering allowed her to give back time and support to parents and children. She has formed lasting friendships with other volunteers.

Are you currently working or volunteering? If so, what
is your role?

Yes, volunteering at the Royal Children’s Hospital for the last
35 years.

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Why did you first decide to volunteer?

My daughter worked at the children’s hospital when she finished school. She came home one day and said, “Mum I spoke to a volunteer at the hospital and I think you would love volunteering there”. Thirty-five years later and I am still there. Our auxiliary started 25 years ago by volunteers. We raise funds for the Cardiac Unit at The Royal Children's Hospital. 

What was your first volunteer role?

I started volunteering in the crèche, and then I volunteered in the orthopaedics ward with occupational therapists and physiotherapists. I have been making splints for 25 years. Later on I started organising the annual shopping trips for the Heart to Heart Auxiliary which is our biggest yearly fundraiser. I also organise craft stalls at the Gladstone Park shopping centre where we sell handmade knitwear, toys, books, hampers and raffle tickets to raise funds for the auxiliary. 

Why should anyone volunteer? 

Volunteering has allowed me to give back time and support to parents and children. I have formed lasting friendships with other volunteers, supporting each other through good and bad times.

What can you say to other people interested in volunteering?  Where should they start?

You don’t need to be lonely, volunteer so you can help others and make new friends. Contact your local council as a starting point.


Updated : 9:16 AM, 14 May 2014

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