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!
Tickets are still available for our Summer Raffle! You have until Fri 26th July to purchase a ticket from the hospice reception or one of our shops; Haslingden, Rawtenstall or Bacup. Draw takes place on Weds 31st July. Could you be the winner of £500? Got to be in it to win it!
In June, The Friends Group at Rossendale Hospice organised a Curry night at Anar Kali Restaurant. The evening was enjoyed by over 60 people and has raised a fantastic £621.20 for the Hospice. Thank you to the Friends and everyone who came to support the event.
As a result of the Rossendale Round Table closing, we were delighted to be invited to the last Spice Night held at Ashoka. Here, the Hospice were presented with a cheque for £1000 which we are incredibly grateful for.
Thank you for all your fundraising efforts over the years and we wish you all the very best.
Just two weeks left to book your appointment and take advantage of the Make A Will Month. 100% of the fee does direct to Rossendale Hospice. Make your appointment today by calling Hayden Solicitors on 01706 253633 or email email@example.com
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