Meet the Volunteers

Samantha Thompson
Helen Smith
Colin Pownall
David Shields
Sharon Fullerton

I come from a big military family, my father, two brothers served their country for 22 years.

More recently my son, whom served 11 years and four tours in Afghanistan.  I got involved in SAMS after  co-running a parcel sending group to our serving troops and wanted to give a little more back. I 've been with SAMS 4 weeks and I would recommend it to anyone. There's a great atmosphere and I've met some lovely people, both members and volunteers. It's an amazing charity and feels great to give back.

Steve Moffatt

Steve served 24 years in the Army and left in 2015, he enjoys Rugby League, travelling and reading.

Rob Lamberth

Chef at SAMS for 1 year, From Canada land, Canadian army CFB trevton, PFC, enjoys cooking, volunteering, friendly approachable, funny, easy going. 

Thomas Burns
Robert Jones
John Kelly
John Pilkington
Russell Booth

I started volunteering at SAMS in October 2016. It has without doubt been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I never served in the Army but the experience of meeting so many people who have served their country. If you are sitting at home wishing to volunteer in some capacity I cannot recommend SAMS enough. So many friendly people, so many good memories.

Tracy Buckby

Have been involved in the Sea Cadet Corps for most of my youth and then in the past few years have been an Adult Volunteer as a Petty Officer.

I have been involved with SAMS from the very early stages and try and help as much as I can around my full time job as an IT Manager.  It has been fabulous to see SAMS grow from strength to strength helping so many people.  I am privileged to be part of it

Howard Ball

Age 44, Lives in St Helens born and bred.Liverpool fan, 20 years military service, NI, Iraq, Afghanistan, other sunny happy places.

Interests-football, cricket, films.  Still undergoing treatment, funny humorous mischievous happy to help wherever possible, wind up merchant volunteer mentor 

Roy Rowlands

Aged 58, 6 Years TA and Regular service with Royal Signals.  13 Years Regular service with Royal Military Police.

14 years in Recovery from alcohol  Expert by Experience (EBE) in alcoholism (The 12 step route)   Tel: 07388 405758

Derrek Jones

I served for six years as a regular with the Royal Signals as a Telecommunications Systems Engineer / Technician which gave me a solid foundation for my thirty year career in the whole spectrum of IT and communications.

I have had personal experience of dealing with depression and complex PTSD, and volunteering with SAMS has opened up a whole new chapter of my life which can give me a chance to help people get the help they need without struggling through the maze of NHS treatment pathways I had to navigate for myself.  I enjoy both codes of Rugby (watching since my playing days are over!); I am an active CAMRA member and love organising Real Ale & Cider Festivals and can frequently be found sampling fine examples of these in many fine local hostelries; I love industrial archaeology with a fascination for railway infrastructure and operation – but not trains – ‘spotters call me a nerd! I love reading and computing and spending time with my long suffering wife Dolly and my cocker spaniel dog Toby – preferably in Snowdonia.”

Nadine Allen

Since I was in my early teens I can remember being helpful to family and friends. 

This included helping my Mother with the various foster children that came and went in the 1960’s.  I have also mentored admin staff whom I was responsible for.  As time went on I became a carer for my Grandmother then my Mother and a few years ago, I gave up my job as a Training Administrator to care for my Father who had Alzheimer’s. My time has willingly been given as a volunteer with many groups over the years from Playgroup and Brownies to Church groups and charity shops.  My family has a long history of serving within the forces going back for many generations with the most recent being my Brother and late Father.  Therefore, I decided to volunteer with S.A.M.S. to try to support veterans and their families, originally helping with the breakfast club in Autumn 2016 when it was at Mill Street Barracks and look forward to extending my Mentoring role within S.A.M.S.

Charlotte Highcock

I am a 22 year old student studying Social Policy, Health and Housing. I work for B-eat, a charity helping to support people with eating disorders.

My name is Charlotte. I am a 22 year old student studying Social Policy, Health and Housing. I work for B-eat, a charity helping to support people with eating disorders.

John Wardropper
Pauline Wardropper