Summer has been a busy time for our Community Lottery Assistants with a full diary of events in the East Riding and North Lincolnshire. The role of Community Lottery Assistant (CLA) is multi-faceted and varies day to day. From visiting the charity shops supporting the sale of lottery products, recruiting new lottery players door-to-door and at venues to attending events within the area covered; our CLAs are out in the community meeting people raising awareness of the services provided by the hospice and raising much needed funds towards these.
Today we meet with Gemma, who works throughout the West of Hull and surrounding villages out towards Goole. Gemma has been part of the lottery team for over 4 years. To find out a bit more about what her role entails I asked a few questions.
Everyone in the team has a different background and varied experience, can you tell me a bit more about yours?
‘I am a Hull lass, born and bred. I started my career in the exhibition industry as a graphic designer. I have also run my own business selling bespoke frames and craft items on market stalls. Being a mum of two and a carer for my autistic brother, I was looking for a job that fitted around my caring duties. It also fits my personality, being a people’s person, I get to meet people from different backgrounds and tell them about Dove House Hospice.
How did you first get involved with Dove House?
Returning to work after my maternity leave, I was looking for a part time role that would suit my skills set and work around my family life. I knew Dove House by reputation but I hadn’t realised everything it offered.
What do you wish other people knew about Dove House?
Many people think that the hospice cares for cancer patients with only a few days to live. It actually cares for people with a number of life limiting conditions including MS, MND, dementia as well as cancer. We do offer palliative care but we also provide many other services from day therapy, pain management, and respite care to physiotherapy. We also provide family support for our patients’ and their loved ones.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love feeling part of a team and working towards a goal. Although I am not on the nursing team, I am raising funds for the hospice to continue to provide all services free of charge to the patient. People often say ‘it must be a difficult place to work’ and I just say ‘no it is actually one of the best places I have ever worked.’
How do you take your tea?
Milk, one sugar. Builder’s brew with a tiny bit of milk. I’m a Yorkshire Tea lass.
What is the most inspirational piece of advice you have been given and who gave it to you?
“There is nothing finer than education” is a piece of advice my granddad gave my dad who passed it on to his children. The more we learn the more we can progress. My dad always pushed me to be ambitious. The sky is the limit. It spurred me on to buy my own house when I was 19 and I’m very proud of that.
If you would like to join Gemma and the rest of our team we are currently recruiting for a Community Lottery Assistant in the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire area to promote the lottery on behalf of Lindsey Lodge. Find out more here