National Volunteers Week - How your time makes a difference
National Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. We're keen to thank
all of our wonderful volunteers who enable St Mary's Hospice to reach more people with more quality care.
Find out how our volunteers' time makes a difference here at St Mary's and out and about in our community.
Volunteer Story - Brian Community Neighbour
Brian volunteers as a Community Neighbour in the Barrow area
“I chose to volunteer as a Community Neighbour for St Mary's Hospice purely and simply because I've had family and friends who have suffered terminal
illnesses and also because I feel I'm giving something back to the community.The one thing all people feel when they become ill is the feeling
of isolation and a need of a friend, someone to talk to and to confide in..." Find out how Brian's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story - Collette Inpatient-Unit Meal Volunteer
Collette - In-Patient Unit Meal Volunteer
I graduated from Durham University last summer and decided to have a year at home to work out what I wanted to do with my career, as well as giving
some time to volunteering and learning new skills. I have wanted to volunteer with the Hospice for many years and this was the perfect time to do it.
Find out how Collette's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story - Kate Family and Bereavement
Kate - Family and Bereavement Support Volunteer
I have always worked within a care setting and get an enormous amount of fulfilment when working in and being part of a team. Being part of the
St Mary's family is something I cherish and feel immensely proud of. Find out how Kate's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story - Otis Pat Dog
Otis - Pat Dog Volunteer
Hi my name is Otis and I am a PAT dog (Pets as Therapy) and help out at St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston visiting with patients who attend the Living
Well Afternoon Group and on the In-patient Unit. I have been helping out for almost a year and am a 8 year Labradoodle, I joined St Mary’s Hospice
with John (my owner) who comes along too after John’s wife saw a dog on facebook who had his own page and was a hospice visiting dog. Find out
how Otis's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story - Sheila Living Well Afternoon
Sheila – Living Well Afternoon Volunteer
Sheila is one of our Living Well Afternoon Volunteers and comes in every Wednesday afternoon to help clients from the cars into the Living Well Room,
settling them into chairs and then serving them cups of tea/coffee, sandwiches and cake. A big part of the role is also making clients feel welcome,
sitting listening and chatting to people. Find out how Sheila's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer story Amy - Complimentary therapy Volunteer
Amy - Complimentary therapy Volunteer
Hi my name is Amy and I am a volunteer with the Living Well Complimentary Team
I started at St Mary’s Hospice after I completed training at Kendal College in Full Body Massage Diploma Level 3. Find out how Amy's time makes a difference
Volunteer Story Andrew Wren - Trustee
Andrew Wren – Volunteer Trustee
Andrew is currently Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College in Barrow. Originally from Cumbria, Andrew attended Hull University where he studied
French and Scandinavian Studies, spending a year in Sweden. Following a career in hospitality and retail management, he moved into teaching in 2002
and worked at two further education colleges in Yorkshire before moving back to Cumbria in 2015. Find out how Andrew's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story Barry - Driver
Barry – Patient Driver
Barry is one of our longer serving volunteers and has now been with us for almost 17 years as a patient driver for the Living Well Services.Barry joined
St Mary’s Hospice after retiring from working for 32 years in the Middle East, both Barry and his wife are local to the area with Barry coming
from Dalton and he wanted to support the hospice after his brother-in-law received care with us so when he saw an advert looking for volunteer
drivers he thought he would apply and has been with us ever since. Find out how Bary's time makes a difference here.
Volunteer Story Helen - Volunteer receptionist
Helen - Volunteer receptionist
I retired from my full time job within the NHS six years ago and returned on a part time basis, working two days a week. As well as working I had spent
14 years taking care of my grandchildren one or two days a week and during the school holidays, also visiting my elderly mother several times a week
to help her with housework, shopping etc. Find out how Helens story makes a difference here...
Volunteer story Joyce and Marjory - Retail volunteers
Joyce and Marjory - Retail volunteers
Joyce & Marjory have volunteered in the Millom St Mary’s Hospice Shop since it opened in 2011.
They were attracted to shop work and the hospice cause. They heard about the new shop opening and were both keen to help. Find out how Joyce and Marjory's
time makes a difference here...
Volunteer Story Norma – Café & Reception Bank Volunteer
Norma – Café & Reception Bank Volunteer
I started as a volunteer about three years ago because much as I loved retirement’s endless days of freedom I began to think, after a while, that some
structure to the week might be a good plan. Find out how Norma's time makes a difference here...
Volunteer Story Sophie and Mia - Cafe volunteers
Sophie and Mia - Cafe volunteers
We both decided to help the hospice by volunteering in the café as soon as we turned aged 14. It’s a good way to get work experience and in the future
it will be a good thing to add to our CV’s. Find out how Sophie and Mia's time makes a difference here...