Andrew has been volunteering in our Sedgley retail shop for over seven years and helps put all donated books onto shelves.

Born in Wolverhampton, Andrew has worked for British Steel now known as Tata Steel for over 20 years as a material control officer. After being made redundant Andrew became a carer for his father which kept him busy, but sadly after passing wanted to do something more meaningful with his time.

After been referred to by a friend, Andrew started to help out at Beacon and hasn’t looked back since.  Andrew mentions: “Volunteering worked in my circumstance and was flexible for me which is why I enjoy it so much”.

One of Andrew’s main role is to sort through the books that get donated and add them to our shelves. “I enjoy sorting through the books because I am always finding real gems and the money raised from each purchase is re-invested into Beacon which is very satisfying to know”.

Volunteering at Beacon is a great way to interact with others and an even better way to use your spare time. “What stands about Beacon is we have a wide range of services that help visually impaired people across the Black Country and Staffordshire”.

Andrew mentions: “Everybody should volunteer because it’s satisfying and rewarding in its own way, it’s a good way to give back to your local community” If you can spare some of your free time, I would encourage you to think about Beacon and the difference they make to the sight loss community”.

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