Karen's Story

After helping to nurse my mother in law when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer I was fully aware of how important Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie and more locally, Rossendale Hospice is to families in their darkest days.   I decided that I wanted to help in some way with the Hospice and applied to be a volunteer.  

During my interview, the Befriending initiative was brought to my attention.  I felt that becoming a volunteer befriender was a perfect way to get to the grass roots of helping people and giving something back to society, I could see how I make a difference.

I was quickly matched up with my befriendee, Colleen, whom I have been visiting now for 3 months.   I find that as a befriending volunteer I can dedicate as much or as little time as I can spare.  People live fast paced lives but by just allocating a few hours a week to Colleen I know I give her company, a slice of independence and help simply put a smile on her face.   I would like to think that Colleen enjoys my visits; I know she thanks me continuously so I must be doing something right!    

Whether I take her flowers, custard tarts or walk/drive her to the doctors, opticians, chiropodist or a shop around Asda it is these small gestures that I hope enrich Colleen’s life.  As people always say it is the small things in life, and it sure is.    

One recent special trip was to Colleen’s favourite spot as a child and the satisfaction I gained from being able to take her there was priceless and one I will never forget.  

As a befriender you are giving a slice of your precious time, however being a befriender has already been a two way journey for me.  To see pleasure in others makes me happy.  

I highly recommend being a befriender, and I just wish I had more time to dedicate to support more people like Colleen!