“Volunteering at the same place as my mum is pretty special”

9 March 2018

Mum and daughter volunteering at FareShare

We caught up with mother and daughter duo, Lisa (54) and Lucy Palin (22) who both volunteer in our Deptford warehouse. Here, they talk about what they love about volunteering, and what inspired them to give up their spare time to support FareShare.

Lisa explains: “My son has special needs so I’ve always been a stay at home mother. To keep my brain going I have always been heavily involved with the community and I used to be governor at my son’s school. Volunteering is a really important part of our lives as a family, and I encouraged Lucy to volunteer from an early age.”

When Lisa’s son moved into residential care, she found she had more time to dedicate to volunteering. Now she cycles from her home in Sydenham once a week to volunteer in FareShare’s Deptford warehouse, sorting and packing surplus food, which is then delivered to charities and community groups.

“I wanted to try something completely different that would also keep me active. I read about FareShare in the paper and love that it makes such a tangible difference,” she says.  


It’s a family affair

Lisa’s daughter Lucy, 22, says: “When Mum started volunteering at FareShare, she kept saying how impressed she was with the charity.  This encouraged me to volunteer. Eating a good, nutritious meal is such a basic human need and the work FareShare do is so important. It’s shocking that in the UK there are people struggling to access food. People need to get proper meals, not just rubbish. FareShare is very focused on the people and charities it helps.

“I started doing 3 days a week 9-5 allocating food orders and helping in the warehouse while I was looking for a job. Now that I’m working, I just volunteer on Wednesday evenings.

“Knowing I’m volunteering at the same place as my mum is pretty special. I’ve grown up and seen volunteering as a way of life – there’s never been any pressure to volunteer but it’s always been a part of our lives.”

“Volunteering is a fantastic way of staying aware what’s around you and expanding your horizons. It’s nice to constantly meet new types of people. How you engage with people and understand the world is important; you feel good about doing it.”


Become a Food Hero

Inspired to volunteer to help us fight hunger and food waste? Find out more on our volunteering page. 

About warehouse volunteering

  • Sort through surplus food in our warehouse and ensure its quality and safety.
  • Organise food into orders for our charity members.
  • Perfect if you are looking for a practical activity, looking to gain experience or just want to make a difference in your community.
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