Terry McDonagh

Administrative Volunteer

I was born in Coventry but lived in Stockport, near Manchester for over eleven years with my husband John who I met in Spain while working summer seasons out there. We moved back to Coventry with our two children in 1987.

In December 2013 I retired after almost 25 years, from a local school where I had worked in admin and finance. Since leaving school I had always worked in clerical, reception and administration roles and after about a year into my retirement I felt I would like to utilise my skills and volunteer for a charity. I searched admin volunteering in Coventry and the first charity that came up was the MD Support Centre. Following an interview, I started at the Centre the following week. Muscular dystrophy was something I had no knowledge of prior to being involved with the charity, but I learned what I could before the interview and have learnt so much more since.

Ruth, Chair of Trustees, and other service users have really inspired me, and I have been thrilled to see the charity grow from strength to strength. This volunteer role is flexible and perfect as it still allows for me to partake in hobbies such as going to fitness classes at the gym and SKING (Spending the Kids Inheritance): We love going on holidays, in normal times that is, often using our motor home for breaks home and abroad.

Over the years I have grown very loyal to this amazing charity and feel a real sense of satisfaction from volunteering. I really wanted to give something back to the community and believe that joining the team at MD Support was ‘meant to be’ – it’s a fantastic charity that does wonderful work improving the lives of so many people.