Laughter truly is the best medicine. Joan was at the helm, and Sarah and I just did what we were told!
Sheila: Life is very precious so to be able to help people coming to the end of life is very important for me. I’ve been volunteering for St Christopher’s for six years, working on reception at Caritas House. I also help out at the Classic Car Show; there’s such a lot going on! It’s more fun than work. When I did it last year, I’d lost my husband just five months before. Yet I just laughed all day. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Joan was at the helm, and Sarah and I just did what we were told!
Sarah: I’ve been volunteering on reception for St Christopher’s since 2009, as well as helping out at events and baking lots of cakes! Both Sheila and I have lost our husbands, Sheila just over a year ago and me two years in October, but it’s brought us closer together. People get our names mixed up! Last year, at the Classic Car Show, we were on the refreshments stall. It’s tiring but you have such a laugh. The fact that you’re helping St Christopher’s is great, but it’s such a social thing as well. It was brilliant weather last year, so am hoping for the same this time round! There are lots of old cars; it’s absolutely fantastic. My son might be bringing in his old Morris Minor. It had belonged to my husband and my granddaughters used to do the Royal wave from the back seat!
Joan: My husband died in 2002 and every year I would light a candle for him at St Christopher’s memorial service. When I retired six years ago I applied to become a volunteer at the hospice as I wanted to promote its services. I do both admin work for the nurses, and I work in the day centre with patients. My husband would have relished the comradery and the enjoyment to be had, along with talking to people in similar situations. I also help out at the Car Show; it is such a rip roaring time! We have such fun and old cars evoke so many memories for both the public and volunteers. There’s always just a great atmosphere. Everyone has such a laugh; I definitely recommend it as a day out for people.