Looking back on five years of volunteering

We spoke with Celine Docherty, a former volunteer who has recently left after five very enjoyable years working with the Sandhurst Sporting Memories club, to share her story of being part of one of our clubs in Hampshire.

How it began

Five years ago, I saw an advert in our church bulletin about a Sporting Memories club due to start up in the Sandhurst area. I rang the number given and spoke to Gareth Heard (the club coordinator) where I received all the details about the club and what it aimed to do. I told Gareth my background was in finance explained that I was not a sports enthusiast. Gareth reassured me that would not be a problem - Which I was pleased to hear!

I was happy to assist the group in an administrative role, however the role progressed over time to taking care of all the catering requirements which involved buying the afternoon tea treats plus ensuring we had all the necessary purchases during Covid.

What Happened Next

Angie Mills-Curtis (volunteer coordinator for England & Wales) came to Sandhurst to meet the new volunteer members and she introduced us to the procedures of a Sporting Memories club. She was invaluable giving us all the information needed to 'start' up. Angie has been on hand ever since to listen, advise, and support us in a caring, thoughtful way. Her input has certainly helped make the Sandhurst club the success it is today.

Learnings from Volunteering

I have made many friends during my time with the Sandhurst group. I have also gained a greater understanding about the impact of living with dementia and the effect it has on those around the individual.

I would not hesitate to recommend anyone interested in volunteering for a Sporting Memories club to do so. By initially visiting a club, this will give you an insight into what the atmosphere is like, also you will gain an understanding of how you (sports fan or not!) can contribute into the environment and session.

To find out more about how you can volunteer for Sporting Memories, visit our Volunteer page here.


We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help run our clubs all across England, Scotland and Wales – find out more here.

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