In the wake of her husband’s passing, Annette Gemmell found herself adrift, grappling with grief and isolation. Seeking solace and purpose, she turned to volunteerism, finding a sense of belonging and fulfillment in her involvement with Creative Crafters, the Walking Group, and her dedicated work sewing read bears.

Volunteering provided her with a lifeline—a chance to step out of her comfort zone, engage with others, and rediscover joy in her life.

One memorable experience during Annette’s volunteer journey was the realisation that her efforts were not only benefiting herself but also making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children. Through her work sewing Read Bears, Annette has brought comfort and joy to countless young hearts, leaving a lasting impression that transcends the stitches of her needle.

Volunteering has not only kept Annette from feeling isolated but has also transformed her perspective on life. It has become a source of social interaction, personal growth, and fulfillment, shaping her outlook in profound ways.

Reflecting on her journey, Annette encourages others to take the leap into volunteerism, emphasising the transformative power of giving back. Whether motivated by the desire for social connection or a passion for making a difference, volunteering opens doors to new experiences and relationships.

Through her involvement with various organisations and her dedicated work sewing Read Bears, Annette has woven together a tapestry of social connections, love, and purpose—a testament to the transformative power of volunteerism.