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Karen Ellam: My Voluntary Role

At Peace Hospice Care we have over 400 volunteers who each make a vital contribution to our work – supporting us across all areas including in our charity Shops, Inpatient Unit, supporting our Outpatient Services and our Fundraising and Finance functions. Without the generous support and dedication of our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do.

Karen Ellam is a Volunteer at our St Albans shop, and also, a talented artist who makes cards which are sold in a range of places, for charity, including in our St Albans Shop.

Karen said: “I first started selling cards in the Shop in February 2016 after the Shop opened, following a conversation with the Director of Trading at the time. Initially there was just a box on the counter, but that expanded to a window display and a tall free-standing card display which can hold 48 different designs.

Karen and St Albans Shop Manager, Angela

As of 6th April 2021, 5348 of my cards have been sold in the Shop, of which over £4,000 going to the Hospice. I always went into the Shop every week to check on the stock, building great relationships with everyone there. Then, in 2020 I started actually volunteering in the Shop itself too.

My main inspiration for my artwork is my Father sitting in our veranda in Norway in our family home and he used to paint, and I joined him. I was never that good at art in school, and really the one thing I want to say to everyone is that you are never too old to learn to draw or paint.

I have over 100 designs at the moment based on things which I have been inspired by – completely original designs. I just find it therapeutic and making these cards to sell to raise money was a way that I could do something for charity in my own time. It’s a nice hobby and I really hope it helps.”

To read more about Karen and her cards, please visit her website.

Our St Albans Shop is open from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm