Recently, we were delighted to welcome two work experience students from the St Ivo School in St Ives and one from Swavesey Village College into the fundraising department for two weeks.
Our three students, Lucy, Lily and Lucy, were all fantastic and got stuck in with a number of varied tasks and although they were primarily assisting within the fundraising department, they also helped elsewhere around the charity.
These tasks including helping update and maintain our database, creating thank you letters and posters for our supporters and many more besides. They helped out at a fundraising event, and also helped out with a stock take at our Air Ambulance base and even helped the weekly task of cleaning the helicopter!
We asked for the three girls to write a paragraph explaining their experiences with us:
“Hello my name is Lucy, I am in year 10 at St Ivo school, I study Art, Computing, History, Resistant Materials and also the core subjects. I have a big interest in Art and in the future I would like to link my art into my job, doing work experience at Magpas was a great choice, the staff here are very welcoming, the building feels like a home and the place has a very enthusiastic atmosphere. At Magpas I was assigned various jobs including, inputting information into the Database, sorting the medical equipment and labelling it at the base and also helping the staff in the office with various jobs like sorting, paperwork, helping with various office jobs to keep the charity running. Magpas wasn’t just all the continuous amount of jobs it had its enjoyable parts as well, seeing the team getting ready for a call out at the base, doing small interesting jobs for the staff here. Another reason why I chose to do Magpas for my work experience was because I saw there was going to be work in a shop situation and selling products for a business which I am interested in doing in the future.”
“My name is Lily Steward-Brown and I go to St Ivo School and I’m currently in Year 10. I am doing Art, Geography, Film and Media Studies and French for my GCSE’s and I hope to take Law, Art and Chemistry in Sixth Form. I chose Magpas Air Ambulance for my work experience because my auntie is Head of Operations and I have grown up attending events with Magpas. I have enjoyed my time at Magpas and it has helped me learn a lot about the charity and who it takes to run it, I was amazed at all the hard work put in and skills everyone has.
The types of jobs we did were very varied and we didn’t do the same thing every day. At the base in Wyton, we did stock checks for all the necessary equipment for the Doctors and Paramedics. At Headquarters in Huntingdon, we helped do a lot of jobs that were very important to the fundraising department. We helped run totals and counting the collection tins of events that we went to, which we then filled out a donation form for.
I have really enjoyed my time at Magpas and I hope to volunteer in the future. I have learnt a lot about the charity and the roles and people it takes to keep it up and running, I have also learnt about what kind of job I would like in the future.”
“My name is Lucy Slade and I am in year 10 at Swavesey Village College. I take GCSE sport, spanish, history and geography and I would love to take psychology and sociology in college. I have really enjoyed my work experience placement with Magpas Air Ambulance because it has helped me get a clearer idea of what I would like to do when I am older. I felt like I was doing something beneficial for the charity as there are many different jobs that need to be done that I was able to help with. For example, at the Wyton base we did stock checks for the medical equipment and filled in order forms for any required equipment, I also updated the necessary information on their database. At the HQ in Huntingdon we helped organise the charity stall, as well as counting money from collection tins from events that we have attended. The things I have enjoyed most about work experience is going to events and collecting donations and being able to watch the doctors and paramedics during their training or even going off to accidents. I didn’t realise how many different and important roles there were within the charity and doing work experience at Magas has helped me realise how people can help in such a variety of ways”
All three girls were a create to their schools and did a wonderful job whilst with us on their work experience, so a huge thank you to Lucy P, Lily and Lucy S for all their hard work.