We can only do what we do because of the invaluable support of our volunteers. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on us as charity, and, with the health and safety of our staff, patients and volunteers as our top priority, has forced us to significantly limit numbers of volunteers we are able to welcome back. Sandra is one of our amazing volunteers who has been able to return to her role as a gardener. She said:
“I have volunteered at the Hospice for over five years now, having started off as a gardener July 2015 and then in 2016 starting another role supporting our HR team.
During lockdown, I had to temporarily stop my volunteering roles due to the necessary restrictions the Hospice put in place to keep everyone safe. I was excited to return to tend to the gardens – I feel the gardens are important especially the Courtyard and Patient garden as they are used by our visitors and patients alike and I know it must help their wellbeing.
I had no worries in returning to my volunteering role at the Hospice – I was happy and I’m used to wearing a mask and take the situation very seriously.
The importance of volunteering for me is payback, I have bonded with staff here and have a personal connection to the Hospice as my husband and sister-in-law passed away here. This is why I feel I want to give something back. I couldn’t payback in monetary value the care received for my family members but I help with my time, and if it helps others, I feel rewarded and that I’m part of Peace Hospice Care family.”