June Ewen, Volunteer
This is the first time June has volunteered for a charity and she was inspired to do so after retiring from a busy training career in Organisational Development.
"I get a great deal of self-satisfaction from volunteering and would say to anyone considering it to do it, we all have something we can give back."
June chose the Hospice as both her parents died of cancer in general surgical wards at a time when the Hospice facility was not available. She recognised the excellent service the Hospice provides and considered volunteering as a way of putting something back into her local community.
June completed a Volunteer Application Form and sent it to the Hospice; her image of volunteers was one of tea making and patient comforting, an important role in itself and one which June was happy to be considered for.
Tracy Woodall, Chief Executive of the Hospice had, however, recognised June’s skill set and contacted her to discuss the opportunity of working with the Hospice Team.
June was initially apprehensive; believing the Hospice to be so closely linked to death; as soon as she walked through the doors and into reception, however, she felt an immediate welcoming and embracing atmosphere and was greeted by the friendly face of the Hospice’s Receptionist.
Asked about the Team she has been working with June commented, “this is my first involvement with the Hospice, it is such a lovely environment to work in, the staff are happy and welcoming and I look forward to the relationship continuing.”