Volunteering is a really rewarding way to help make a difference in your local community.  It’s also a great a way of making new friends and having some fun. Here at Baby Beat we rely on our huge team of volunteers on a daily basis.  Without our volunteers, Baby Beat simply would not be where it is today.  We are so grateful for each and every one of our volunteers who give Baby Beat the gift of their time.



Meet Sandra

Our volunteer’s are all from various walks of life and generously donate their time and skills to ensure the shop runs seamlessly. From arranging merchandise to assisting customers, their efforts create a welcoming atmosphere that extends far beyond the shop’s front door. One of those volunteers is Sandra, and this is her story…

After giving birth to five children in the same hospital, Sandra Latimer’s glad to give back. Even though it’s fifteen years since Sandra had her last baby at Lancashire’s Royal Preston Hospital, the expert care that she received is still a vivid memory. During a water birth her fifth child, Summer, became stuck in the birth canal, sparking an emergency situation.

“Out of nowhere people just appeared and the room was full of staff. It was a scary time and if it hadn’t been for their skill and care, Summer might not have survived…” recalls Sandra (50) who lives in Preston.

The gratitude she felt at that time hasn’t waned whatsoever. And to “give a bit back,” for the last ten years she’s been volunteering for Baby Beat up to four times a week. Sandra works shifts at the charity’s shop within the hospital, and pre-COVID covid she wheeled a trolley around the hospital selling sandwiches, sweets, and magazines to patients. She’s also a regular helper at special fundraising events. 

“I get such a buzz out of volunteering. It fits me like a glove,” she says.

As a former retail worker, Sandra thrives on interacting with people, particularly the patients whose paths she regularly crosses in her volunteering roles.

“If you can put a smile on one person’s face, you have done your job. The NHS is a remarkable institution. I’ve seen first-hand the care they’ve given my children. I’ve also been at the receiving end of it when I had breast cancer eight years ago. It’s brilliant to be able to volunteer for something so significant to me.”

Baby Beat Shop

We have a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers who help to run our Baby Beat shop within the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit. The Baby Beat shop provides the charity with substantial funding every year from its profits. The shop sells baby clothes, gifts and cards, sandwiches, cold drinks and much more.  It’s an ideal place to pick up a gift or essentials for a new mum and baby and our shop volunteers are on hand to help if you need it. The shop is open Monday to Thursday 10-6 and Friday 10-4.

More opportunities

Our volunteers also support us in other ways, sometimes on an ad hoc basis, including helping with supermarket collections, stewarding events, helping out on a Baby Beat stall at one of the many community events we attend, selling raffle tickets, helping with our administration, singing in the Baby Beat choir and much more! 

If you would like an informal chat about volunteering with Baby Beat please give us a call, on 01772 524414 or email babybeatuk@lthtr.nhs.uk and we will be happy to help.

Volunteer at our Hospitals

There are currently around 700 people who donate their time to support our staff to deliver the very highest standards of care with compassion across our trust. Volunteers play a number of roles across our trust and are often the first people patients and visitors see when they come to hospital, providing a warm welcome and offering practical support, information, and helping to allay any anxieties.

From running our coffee shops and volunteering in our chaplaincy, to therapy dog visits and helping patients and visitors find their way around. If you are looking to volunteer elsewhere at our trust or would like more information about the volunteers service, please call 01257 247536 or email volunteerservice@LTHTR.nhs.uk


Thank you, we can’t wait to hear from you!