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Volunteer back on the till following stroke
Three years ago former supermarket worker Debbie Brown suffered a stroke and along with losing the use of the left side of her body, she lost her confidence.
But Debbie's life turned around after she started volunteering at our retail store in Harold Hill.
"I would never have thought I would be able to volunteer because of my disability," said Debbie.
"I worked on the till at Tesco for 26 years but I had to give it up after I had my stroke and I was feeling so bored and low in myself.
"When I first volunteered at the store two years ago I helped to label donations and the first time I was trained to use the till I cried as I didn't expect to ever do it again."
Debbie, who is left handed, regularly has physio and says volunteering at the store has also improved her mobility as she is now able to lift her arm and more steady on her feet.
"I am so grateful to the store manager Mary Banks and all the volunteers who have supported and encouraged me - they are like my family."
Mary added, "I am so proud of Debbie.
"She has come such a long way and I have seen how much her confidence has grown since she came to the store.
"It is so important to give people a chance and she is a wonderful volunteer - we are lucky to have her."
Check out our current volunteer roles here and download an application form.