Catching up with Darrin at FareShare Sussex

3 October 2019

If awards were being handed out for length of voluntary service, Darrin would probably win hands down. The ex-soldier was first referred to FareShare Sussex via his local job centre in March 2009, as part of a ‘get back to work programme’. He was only asked to do four days in the warehouse but within a week he’d decided to become a volunteer driver and has been delivering food all over Sussex to those in need ever since.

“He’s really relaxed, everyone gets on with him,” says Sussex volunteer manager Madison Hartwright. All the other volunteers are aware of how committed and dedicated he is and they see him as a role model. It’s really nice to see that they notice he’s always on time and things like that. Darrin will always go the extra mile and sometimes he volunteers up to five days a week. He’s always willing to take on extra shifts if necessary.”

Darrin describes his time in the army as the happiest days of his life. He found employment as soon as he returned to civilian life, but had to leave his job when he started suffering from health issues.

FareShare has been his life ever since. It’s his passion – a hobby and job all rolled into one. Darrin’s dedication has been noticed by everyone he works alongside because he always takes on cover when needed, often at very short notice.

“He’s kind, that’s what really stands out about him,” says Maddie Hartwright. “He’s very patient with other volunteers and up for taking anyone in the van with him. He’s just easy to be around.”

Driving for FareShare

A standard driving licence is all you need to deliver our food once or twice a week to children’s clubs, homeless hostels and refuges in your area. We’ve got the vans, we just need you!

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