Sandra tells us about her involvement with St Petrocs as a volunteer and supporter.

About 15 years ago my very dear friend Jackie asked me to help her at an event in the Truro Resource Centre. Whilst there, I started talking to a woman, and she told me that she had been saved by St Petrocs when the outreach workers found her in the woods where she had been living rough for three months. Her background was very similar to mine and her story could have been mine. I was shocked to the core because, there but for the grace of God, that could have been me.

That realisation has never left me…I think about her very often and wonder where she is now………..

Over the years I've been to countless fundraising events and ceremonies, not least sleeping with the Bishop (and lots of others) on the steps of Truro Cathedral!

There have been dog shows, swimathons, quizzes, fun runs, teas, auctions, and Mayors’ Evenings (amazing talents discovered!) and more. They have been fun, and hard work and at times very emotional.

A memorable event for me was a play at the St Austell Arts Centre performed by Cardboard Citizens, who had been homeless themselves. This was based on the ground-breaking Ken Loach film Cathy Come Home. There was a Q&A session after, and this was truly wonderful.

Of course, the annual Bodmin Lions Ten Tors is a highlight, although I do wonder why I do it about halfway through. It's great though because it feels like a reunion as well as an achievement! I so enjoy spending time with the team!

Another memorable event was the Concert in the Cathedral in 2012, with John Williams the classical guitarist playing Deer Hunter, the great Jim Tilley (who nearly outshone John Williams!)...Ralph McTell, The Boscastle Busker and the Bodmin Youth Orchestra... unforgettable…

I always look forward to the Christmas Carol service where my emotions go through joy, happiness, pride, amazement, tears, and hope. I had the honour of being a candle bearer one year, I felt so proud!

I have seen so much achieved through the work of St Petrocs.

The houses in a lot of towns in Cornwall where clients live prior to moving into their own accommodation. I was fortunate to be involved in the Liskeard house and was so happy to see it made into a warm welcoming home for clients. I met one of the residents who was the age of one of my sons, another heart stopping moment.

Clients are helped at Freshfield with Spike and Jacquie. The art classes run by Margie are wonderful, not to mention the poetry; the list is endless. The clients are so talented and are helped to rediscover and realise their potential.

Of course, nothing would be achieved without the dedicated staff, volunteers, the Patrons, and all the Trustees.

I am honoured to be a small part of this team. It's like being part of a big and warm family from which I have gained so much, the best of friends and gratitude for what I have.