Volunteers’ Week – Dave’s Story
Monday 01 June 2015
Volunteering for The Shakespeare Hospice
Every day our volunteer drivers bring patients and carers into the Hospice and take them home again at the end of the day.
Dave Morris is one of our drivers:
“I started volunteering for the Hospice in 2006, doing some maintenance in the Hospice’s shops and driving clothes and donations between the shops. About a year later I started driving for the Hospice itself, bringing patients into the Day Hospice.
My connection to the Hospice came through my wife, Angela. She used the Day Hospice a few times and then had the Hospice at Home nurses come out to our home. They made possible what she wanted – to be at home in her last weeks.
Angela was in Myton Hospice for a little while, but didn’t want to be there, she wanted to be at home. I didn’t know how she’d take to having the nurses visit, but on the first visit I heard them laughing together upstairs!
After Angela died I sent a thank you letter and donation in, but it didn’t seem enough – she would have wanted me to give something back, so I started volunteering.
I drive patients and carers in three times a week, and sometimes take a patient to hospital if they have an appointment. Mostly it’s different people each week, but sometimes I drive the same person for a while.
It’s a nice feeling to help. Lots of the people I drive are quite isolated because of their illnesses and can’t get out very much, so driving them to the Hospice can make me feel like I’ve ‘done a good job today’.
There are lots of very interesting people – everyone has a real story to tell and I try to talk to them all. One lady’s husband used to fly Tornadoes in WW2! I could write a book with all the stories I’ve heard while driving.
I will never be able to repay the Hospice at Home nurses for what they did for Angela, but in volunteering I’m trying to pay back, and from it I get to meet people and hear their interesting stories.”
We are in urgent need of more drivers to volunteer with us, transporting patients and carers to and from the Hospice. If you can spare a short time each week to help please contact Carole Lomas on CLomas@theshakespearehospice.org.uk. Find out more about the role here.