“I have been visiting the same lady every Monday afternoon for the past year, keeping her company while her husband pops out to attend a regular hospital appointment. She is mainly bed-bound at home, and she and her husband both wanted her to have a visitor so she wouldn’t be alone all day.
She is an interesting lady and we have lots of interests in common. She, like me, loves animals and gardening so we always have lots to talk about. She is a brilliant artist and I felt so honoured when she showed me her portfolio of work.
When I left work, I really missed the daily interaction with people and, although I have lots of friends who I could meet for lunch and walks, I missed the routine and responsibility of work so volunteering for St Clare was such a good option for me.
It feels so right for me to be involved in the local community, and being a Community Friend has also changed my idea of what a hospice can offer.”