"During my working life, mostly in retail distribution and business sales, I often used to visit The Old Moat Garden Centre on a Saturday morning as a customer and wander round the greenhouses thinking how nice it would be to work in a place like this.
"So when I came in not long after my retirement in 2010 and saw at the till a recruitment poster for volunteers, I decided it was meant to be.
"Like most of the volunteers here, I come in on a specific day – in my case it’s Thursday – and from the start I worked more on the maintenance and tidying side than horticulture while still enjoying being surrounded by plant, trees and lovely scents.
"It wasn’t long before I got involved in events as well. There are a few annual shows that we always take a stall at, such as The Herald of Spring at Bourne Hall in Ewell and Epsom Family Fun Day, where we sell plants and cakes and generally promote The Old Moat and I enjoy talking about what we do here. I was also part of the team that visited a local company called Fidelity, which invited about a dozen different charities to come and sell themselves to the staff, who would then choose three to support for the following year. We weren’t one of the chosen three but they gave us £1,000 and an excellent lunch!"