Posted: Tue 9th Jul 2024

Wrexham student reaping benefits of volunteering at hospice charity shop for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A Wrexham University student is reaping the benefits of volunteering at a Chester charity shop.

Anush Thallada, 28, originally from Telangna, Southern India is studying her Masters in Business Administration whilst also giving up her time at the Hope House Tŷ Gobaith store on Chester’s Frodsham Street.

She began her volunteering as part of her studies and despite completing the two month placement has decided to stay on, giving one to three mornings of her week to help develop her skills.

“It’s such a different experience,” said Anusha.

“I have learned many skills, things such as communication, dealing with customers, networking and made friends with the other staff too.

“The training I have had off the manager, Rebecca has been great and she has taught me so much.

“Knowing that I am helping the children and families is also very rewarding.”

Hope House Tŷ Gobaith support over 750 children and families at their hospices in Oswestry and Conwy with ongoing care, respite stays, physiotherapy, end of life and bereavement counselling.

The charity is appealing for more student volunteers like Anusha to come forward over the summer break at their stores throughout Cheshire, North Wales and Shropshire, and also when returning to the area to resume their studies.

Chester shop manager, Rebecca Hemmings said: “We love having student volunteers and welcome contact from universities or colleges, as well as individuals.

“It can be so beneficial to young people who are looking to gain confidence and improve their skills in the retail sector.

“We provide training in many aspects of retail such as stock sorting and rotation, till operating and of course good customer service.

“Anusha is wonderful to have at our store and a real asset to the team.”

If you or somebody you know could volunteer with Hope House Ty Gobaith then find your nearest branch at and call in to see the manager. Alternatively, you can visit the Hope House Hospice website to sign up and learn more.

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