Meet June Coulson
June used to volunteer for Alice House and is now a patient in the Long Term Care Unit
I first knew about Alice’s idea of a potential hospice when I was invited to a meeting back in the early 80’s.
As a District Nurse at the time I understood the community need for hospice care and agreed with the idea, I had even worked with 2 of Alice’s daughters previously, Paddy and Margaret.
Over the years I nursed both my eldest sister and my mum at my home, continued to work as a District Nurse had 4 children in 6 years, including twins!
Life was busy for my husband and I but after I retired in the early 90’s I wanted to Volunteer at Hutton Avenue.
I told the Volunteer Supervisor, Joan, at the time – I will do anything except nursing.
I was given a position of Receptionist on an evening shift of 6-9pm and volunteered for about 5 years. I also enjoyed helping with the Coffee Mornings we held in St Joseph’s Hall. My daughters dog pulled me over and I hurt my arm which restricted some of my movements so in the end I had to stop volunteering but I really enjoyed my time at the Hospice in Hutton Avenue.