When Anne Lancaster meets people who haven't been to Saint Francis Hospice, they are often puzzled about how she can go back to the place where her mum passed away — let alone volunteer there.
"How can you go to such a sad place?" they will ask her.
"It's not a sad place, otherwise I wouldn't go there," Anne will explain. "It's because my mum died at the Hospice that I keep coming back — and boy was I glad to get her here. Mum spent seven wonderful weeks on the ward."
Anne volunteers at our social hub for people who all have at least one thing in common: a life-limiting illness. It's at Pemberton Place where they can enjoy anything from live music, physiotherapy, exercising and socialising — to receiving financial advice, manicures and pedicures.
"I don't look at this as 'work'," Anne said. "It's an honour to be given a chance to help these people. I look forward to coming to the Hospice, and people find that hard to believe too."
By volunteering for our Hospice, you can make a real difference to people living with life-limiting illnesses. We need people to do all different kinds of jobs.