Volunteers’ Week: Peter’s Story

It is national Volunteers’ Week, and we are taking the opportunity to say a big *Thank You* to all of our amazing volunteers. We have over a thousand volunteers helping out at the Hospice, at events, in our shops and in and around the community.

To celebrate the work of our helpers, we are featuring a series of stories about our invaluable volunteers. Today, it is the turn of our Day Hospice volunteer Peter.

Why did you volunteer?

“Before joining the St Peter’s Hospice team I had been a volunteer at a children’s hospice and my parents also suffered with cancer. I am of an age when I want to give something back. Working in the children’s hospice provided the impetus for volunteering as I have found so much empathy with those with a short time to live.”

How have you benefited?

“I have found that helping other people helps to put my own problems into perspective and feel grateful for what I have got. Volunteer work has helped me through difficult times, taking my mind off personal problems.

The Hospice is not a gloomy place to work as the environment is so cheerful. I get more from being a volunteer than the patients do. It’s very satisfying – that’s the thing about giving.”

What challenges have you faced?

“I found the biggest challenge to be saying the right things at the right time when a patient can be suffering pain, anger or sorrow. This can be even more sensitive when dealing with family and friends.”

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“Anyone who has the time should go for it now, and not hold back. The rewards will outweigh any concerns, the Hospice is such a happy place and you can tailor what you take on to suit yourself. Just don’t take on too much too soon – ease yourself in.”hat would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?

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