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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.

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