Natasha flies in to help out

Natasha Birkett from the RAF, a volunteer at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, serving tea to patient John Mason
Natasha Birkett from the RAF, a volunteer at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, serving tea to patient John Mason

A LEIGH woman who serves in the Royal Airforce is a keen volunteer at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Natasha Birkett, 27, a flight operations assistant, has been volunteering at the hospice since 2008 after her dad, Wayne, died there at just 46 years old and despite the nature of her job, which keeps her away from home a lot, she always makes sure she can squeeze a few shifts in.

And even when she is only home for two days Natasha, who is based in North London, always makes sure she does at least one shift as her way of giving back to the cause. She said: “I’ve have been in the RAF for six years and at the moment I am able to come home most weekends so I do a shift pretty much every week.

“Everybody did so much for my dad when he was here and although he was only here for a short time the care they gave him made me want to give something back to them.

Before joining the RAF Natasha, worked in retail but gave it up to follow in her family’s footsteps as her mum, Jacqueline and uncle were also in the RAF.