Uckfield granddad’s passion for fashion

Philip Kemp
Philip Kemp


Philip Kemp, 72, worked as a glazier for 53 years and spent the first three years of his retirement looking after his granddaughter, Olivia.

He said: “I have always been surrounded by women as I have a wife, seven sisters, two daughters and a granddaughter, so over the years I have got used to, and would even go as far to say, that I love shopping with them. When my granddaughter started nursery I knew I needed to find something else to fill my time that wasn’t about money.

“Volunteering at Chestnut Tree House’s new shabby chic charity shop in Uckfield was a natural choice as I can continue to help people shop and know the time I’m donating benefits children across Sussex.”

If you are a savvy salesperson or have a passion for fashion, the charity asks why not think about adding volunteering to your new year’s resolutions and joining their retail team as a shop volunteer for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice? They need help to run their charity shops across Sussex, raising much-needed funds for this special cause.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in the Sussex providing specialist care to children and young people aged 0-19 with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Roles in their shops are varied and they like everyone to be able to take on a variety of duties.

However, there are some specialist roles that might take your fancy if you have certain skills and experience. From window dressing and sorting stock to cashing up, helping with IT or assisting customers, there are plenty of duties and tasks to keep you busy whilst helping such a worthwhile cause.

Many volunteers come to the charity whilst searching for work and the experience is a fantastic boost to your CV. Some volunteers have just retired from a busy career and simply don’t want all their experience to go to waste and would like the chance to find a meaningful way to spend their free time. Philip continued: “Being a volunteer is not only rewarding but it can also easily fit in with your current life and commitments. I would urge anyone considering doing something for a great cause.”

The charity says whatever your skill or interest they can find a role for you and full training is given. There is a wide variety of different jobs to be done and any time people have available, just an hour or so, is so valued.

Ring: 01903 706315 for further details.