Paul Bundy – Patient Driver Volunteer

“Immediately after retiring I decided to volunteer for the Hospice without actually knowing the extent of wonderful services which provide to the community. The application process was extremely straight forward and the training and advice provided by the staff was excellent. I have now been driving over 2 years for Living Well sessions and love …

Heather’s Story

I have been volunteering at St Mary’s Hospice for several months now. Having some free time on my hands, I looked in to volunteering. I wanted to apply to St Mary’s Hospice as I was keen to support it as a charity which provides essential support and services to the local community. My role is …

Peter’s Story

This summer will be seven years since starting in my role and it has been such a privilege. My background as a teacher, minister, school and workplace chaplain has given me a lifetime experience of drawing alongside people, ideal for my role at St. Mary’s. I come in to visit patients, their relatives, staff and …

Jean’s Story

Jean spent all her working life, 42 years, nursing in the area. At one point she was a Ward Sister at High Carley for those of you who can remember it! After that Jean worked as a relief District Nurse working in Coniston, her home village, Broughton and then eventually getting a permanent job in …

Jean’s Story

I have been volunteering at St Mary’s for about 6 and a half years. I also volunteer in the night shelter in Kendal as it is local to me, I cook there, often soup and chocolate cake, if the recipe says 1 spoon of coca powder I always put 2, which seems very popular. I …

Helen’s Story

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 …

Iain’s Story

Since July 2011. I used to volunteer for Marie curie cancer care, but they closed the local office so I chose St Mary’s as I had connected with the hospice earlier. My main role is as a driver bringing patients to “day-care” it gives patients an opportunity to chat on the way. However I volunteer …

Monica’s Story

“I have volunteered here for around 3 years. I knew about the hospice from word of mouth and my previous job links.” “My role here is a reception volunteer and I do Friday mornings. The reason why I enjoy this the most is because when you’ve retired I feel like you need structure in your …