Mark’s story

Mark Burton from Hailsham used his professional skills to volunteer for Chestnut Tree House – as a chef.

Why did you want to volunteer?

“I was working three days a week as Head Chef of a Brighton hotel and had time to spare.” explained Mark. “So I decided to help at Chestnut Tree House, a Sussex hospice for life-limited children and their families, one day a week. They do so much good there, and by doing some cooking, catering, and really just anything practical they needed, I was able to help, too.

Mark hasn’t always volunteered, but – as he feels many people do when they find themselves a little bored – he simply wanted to give something back.

Just like he did in September 2019 when he trained for and completed the Trailwalker Team Challenge in aid of fundraising for the Queen’s Gurkhas in conjunction with Oxfam. Trekking 100km over the Sussex Downs is no easy feat, but Mark enjoyed every minute! Mark has also cooked for the homeless in Brighton and, if he can find the right organisation, would happily do that again.

What have you got from volunteering?

“Satisfaction,” said Mark. “I’m fortunate to have what I have and being able to put a smile on somebody else’s face is a very rewarding thing to do.”

What next?

Mark added: “I’m not volunteering right now because of Covid-19 restrictions and the fact that I have a lovely 6 month old daughter, but I would love to help out again in the future. I really enjoyed it.”

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