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Jane Gooderson

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Jane began working for the Trust at the Crawley vaccination centre at the end of January 2021. 

“In short, I wanted to get my life back,” she says. “I want to be able to go out. I want to be able to meet up with my family and friends. 

“However, I do not want this just for me; by volunteering, I feel I can help others achieve their goals as well.” 

She works as a co-ordinator or as a steward. 

What does the qualified counsellor like about her roles? 

“Making sure the people who attend receive a warm welcome and that they are supported and leave with a positive experience,” says Jane, who has lived in and around Crawley for more than 30 years.  

“I am very much a ‘people person’ and will support and help wherever I can.” 

In November 2019, Jane and her husband set up an armed forces and veterans’ breakfast club in Crawley and Horsham, which now has more than 160 members. 

During the past year, they have raised more than £1,000 for charity and supported veterans by, for example, delivering food parcels and medicine, and providing furniture and tablet computers. 

Their group is linked to Sussex, Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network, whose members were asked to help run the COVID-19 vaccination centres. 

It was this request that prompted Jane and three members of the breakfast club to join the Sussex-wide vaccination team, whose members she found were grateful to receive their help. 

“The NHS staff I have met are prepared to listen to ideas and accept that volunteers have an important part to play in supporting their objectives,” she says. 

Jane says she feels “positive” about the future. 

“Through adversity, I feel I have found an inner strength that has not been challenged,” she says.

“The last 12 months have been scary beyond belief, but with everyone pulling together and working for each other, I know that, as the late Captain Sir Tom Moore would say, “tomorrow is going to be a good day”.