Sutton Coldfield couple Colin and Carol Smith began volunteering for John Taylor Hospice (JTH) almost three years ago. Here is their story:
Colin and Carol’s story
We began volunteering in May 2018. We both love interacting with the patients, talking about their lives or their worries if they wanted to, and also playing games and joining in with quizzes. We made drinks for them plus assisting with serving their meals.
During the past year of lockdown we’ve been pursuing hobbies, and visiting our family when we can, but we have missed our work at the hospice. We have very much appreciated the calls from Mark and Karen in the Volunteering Team, and Julie in the Living Well Centre, as it made us feel we’re still part of the team. We have kept in touch with some of the other volunteers and we are looking forward to returning to JTH, if possible, in the future.
Volunteering at the hospice has been personally, extremely rewarding and we do hope that the day patients enjoy their time with us as well. ‘Every moment matters’ is a motto used at JTH and we try to encompass these values and that spirit. We love being part of an amazing team of dedicated professionals and volunteers. The pleasure of spending time with the individual patients at the Living Well Centre, all with their own wonderful characters and stories, their likes and dislikes, is so good. It’s impossible to express in words how we feel.
JTH is a wonderful place full of people who care so deeply about making the most of what precious time people have left. Such kind and caring staff contribute to the patient’s care and wellbeing throughout the hospice. It is a wonderful charitable organisation with very many dedicated people involved in its day-to-day running. To anyone thinking of volunteering at JTH we’d say ‘just volunteer and have a go!’.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story.
Colin and Carol Smith x