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      Pam's story

      “I think you can’t work with people enough you’ll always gain something,” says student nurse and mum one of Pam. “I always wanted to do something extra. It’s nice to do something for other people because it helps you, too. It helps you grow as a person.”

      Pam leads a hectic life – she spends most of her time during the week at placement for her university nursing course, works, minds her three-year-old son Fletcher, all while managing to fit in running and volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. Pam volunteers with the fundraising team and is able to take part in events that suit her interests and lifestyle.

      “I have been part of Kiltwalk teams that raised over £3000 to support the organisation. The personal achievement of walking 26 miles was great – I had a wee cry the first time I did it.”

      Pam’s fundraising efforts means she also takes part in bag packs in and around her local area.

      “It’s nice to talk to people and inform them. Doing a bag pack is informal so you can chat to people about hearing loss at the same time. A lot of people are affected by hearing loss but they don’t always know how to get support or what can be done to help them.
      “I have also met lots of other volunteers and it is great fun and very social. The type of volunteering I do suits me down to the ground as it fits in with other things that I have going on.”

      Being a keen runner Pam plans to get into training for the next set of goals she has set herself.

      “I want to raise funds by doing a charity 10km run and follow it up by doing all four Kiltwalks in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in the one year. I know I will need to do some serious training!”

      The social aspect of volunteering isn’t the only benefit Pam has found she has gained more self-confidence too.

      “Anybody can volunteer as long as you like meeting people, then you can be a fabulous volunteer. It’s always good to give back, because life is so busy and there’s so much going on so it’s nice to just give back to other people sometimes.”

      Pam running doing the Kitwalk charity 10km