Can you help local people access our day services?
This National Volunteers’ Week, one of our Volunteer Drivers is urging local people to get behind the wheel and support our important transport service.
Neil Carter, a Retired IT Director who lives locally, takes patients to and from our Hospice, in Hatch Lane, Windsor, to access therapy services. Therapy is vital for local people facing a life-limiting illness– allowing them to remain independent, build their confidence and maintain a good quality of life. However, to meet the demands of the growing number of patients using our services, more drivers are needed.
Neil hopes by shining a light on his role this Volunteers’ Week, he can drive applications. He said: “33 years in a large corporation moulds the way that you live and work, so to suddenly give that all up and be ‘free’ was a big change. I wanted to put some sort of structure back into the week and I was looking to do something that was worthwhile and also involved people. I've lost friends, colleagues and family members to ‘The Big C’ and I’ve seen the amazing care Hospices give first-hand, so it almost became the natural choice for me."
For some patients, this is the only time they get to meet other people in a similar situation, and their time at the Hospice means their loved ones can also enjoy valuable respite.
Neil added: “The round-trip usually takes just over an hour; I listen to Radio 2 and enjoy a good old chinwag on the way to the Hospice. I really enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and the structure of a Tuesday or Wednesday drive and sometimes an ad hoc drive, is a perfect combination for me. Driving someone around for six weeks gives me a great window into their life, and it’s a short enough period that we never run out of conversation. The reason I volunteer for the Hospice is to make things a little easier for the patients and hopefully to help make someone smile - for me that is priceless.”Driver shifts take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays - dropping patients from the local community to our Hospice at 10am and picking them up at 1.30pm. To apply, you will need a full, clean driving licence and a car, fuel expenses are reimbursed and training provided.