Six years ago today I left my 3 year-old and 8 month-old daughters with my mum and started as Marketing Manager at Haven House Children’s Hospice. It was an ideal part-time role; enabling me to continue with my career in marketing while being only ten minutes up the road. A great stop-gap I thought until my children started school.

Little did I realise that the hospice would become so much more to me. Talking to the families who use the hospice services on a regular basis has made me try and appreciate and live life to the full. My husband comes along to most of our events and can never resist buying something in an auction and my children readily hand out event flyers at their school and clubs. Friends and family attend our events and are regularly asked for shop donations or sponsorship and are so supportive of the cause.

Over the years I have been constantly inspired by the families who use our services. They are willing to share their personal and incredibly emotional stories with me so that we can tell people about our work. Time and time again I am bowled over by their strength and ability to look on the positive side despite facing huge challenges in their daily lives.

I feel fortunate to work for such an amazing charity and honoured that I have been allowed into the lives of many of our families, albeit for a short time. I am proud of how I now manage a team of three and the successes we have had over the years; our brand awareness has rocketed in the local community, we have amazing engagement through our social media, our website is optimised and constantly updated, we have great photos and video content and our lottery has nearly 8,000 players, to name but a few.

However, my proudest moment is when a mum told me she felt empowered after telling her story. She and her daughter featured in one of our films and when she showed it to her friends and family they all admitted they hadn’t realised how tough things can get. Consequently, she has lots more help and support.

Six years is a long time to work for one charity but Haven House will be a tough place to leave. I love my job and feel like I am making a difference to the families we support; it is their strength and courage that gets me up every morning.