What made you decide to volunteer for the hospice?
“I worked at St Christopher’s for four years as a physiotherapist until 2018 and loved every minute of it. I saw how rehabilitation can enable people to live life with a sense of purpose and hope.
When the pandemic struck, I was working at St George’s University, but I wanted to offer my skills to help health services and it was obvious to get in touch with St Christopher’s.”
I saw how rehabilitation can enable people to live life with a sense of purpose and hope.
What are you doing as a volunteer for St Christopher’s at the moment?
“I work as a ward volunteer on Alex ward, where I used to work! I’m really busy – there’s always plenty to do.”
What do you get out of volunteering?
“I’m really pleased to be able to help with ‘usual’ volunteering activities (company, meals, housekeeping), but also offer my skills as a physiotherapist; assisting people to move, enabling them to look after themselves, helping them to get up and go to the garden. I also enjoy having conversations with people about their plans for the future.
The Alex Ward staff warmly welcomed me back and were really happy for me to help them. As a first time volunteer, I was taken aback by how much people and their families value volunteers at St Christopher’s.”