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Award winning volunteer - Christine Taylor

22-Apr-2016

Award winning volunteer - Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor has made a difference and a firm friend by volunteering with St Mary’s Hospice Community Neighbours service for over a year. Christine simply saw an advert in the Evening Mail for volunteers for St Mary’s Community Neighbours and got in touch. Whilst waiting to be matched with a client Christine generously donated her time to help out at St Mary’s Forget me Not Tea Room in Dalton. Over the last five years Christine has also donated her time and skills volunteering to The Samaritans as a listener. Christine had relatives and friends use the services of St Mary's and wanted to help.

When Community Neighbours started in her area Christine jumped at the chance to start visiting Dawn, helping to walk her dog, companionship and offering practical help.They have now become firm friends. Community Neighbours provides companionship and free practical help to individuals to help families living with life shortening conditions.

Since starting the new role she has enjoyed the feeling of helping to make a difference to someone's life and she believes that people should volunteer as it gives you such a rewarding feeling just to know that you have made a difference. It also gets you to meet new people and offers full training to help you in all situations.

Christine works part time at Lloyds Bank and also volunteers at the hospital, visiting for the RVS. Lloyds Bank encourages their employees to volunteer for local charities. It taps into their energy and passion whilst volunteering for an organisation in their community. This is called 'Day to make a Difference' and employees are given 7hrs of voluntary work/help per year to help their community which is a great success.

Christine has won a 'Changing Futures Award' a scheme operated to reward staff at Lloyds Bank and Halifax for their efforts. She is a Diamond Individual Winner for her volunteering. Christine was nominated by her friend and colleague Janette Hardman who also raises money for St Mary's. Employees were chosen from the whole of the country and Christine was the only winner in the North! The award consisted of a donation of £500 to her chosen charity, a trophy and some vouchers. Lloyds also match any monies raised for charity every year and for her volunteer work she has raised another £500 making a total of £1,000 to St Mary's Hospice. This £1000 will make a huge difference to St Mary's Hospice and enable patients their carers and families to have access to care comfort and support when they need it most. £1,000 could provide 120 delicious meals on St Mary's Inpatient Unit 53 Hrs of patient care or enable 11 patients to attend Day Care.

Anne Atkinson, Volunteer and Community Engagement Lead says:“I am absolutely delighted Christine’s contribution has been recognised, she deserves this award. We simply couldn’t continue our good work and excellent level of care and support without the dedicated time our volunteers give”.

If you have been inspired by the idea of volunteering and are interested in how your time and skills make a difference please get in touch. We have many different ways you can volunteer, please email volunteers@stmaryshospice.org.uk or call us on 01229 580305. You can find out more online at www.stmaryshospice.org.uk


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