Kelly has been supporting Mary Potter Hospice as a hospitality volunteer for nine months. Every two weeks she helps out at the Inpatient Unit in Newtown, where she serves patients and their loved ones lunch.
Kelly is originally from Tahiti and moved to New Zealand eleven years ago. Windy Welly initially caught Kelly and her family by surprise – it’s certainly a far cry from the tropics of Tahiti!
“I call Wellington home now, so I was inspired to volunteer at Mary Potter Hospice as a way to say thanks and give back to my local community,” says Kelly.
Hospitality volunteers like Kelly are an invaluable part of the team at the Inpatient Unit. They help by delivering meals and refreshments to patients at morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or supper time seven days a week.
“I’ve learnt that there’s a real art to hospitality. From ensuring each person is served the correct meal to presenting the food beautifully alongside a little vase of flowers from the volunteer florists. I love placing the flowers on the trays – it’s the little touches that make all the difference.”
Kelly is a mother of two, a keen runner and currently studies nursing. “Time is precious for me and I’m particularly mindful that it’s precious for people at the Inpatient Unit as well.”
Kelly takes great care in preparing the meal she delivers to the patients, as she’s aware that for some, this could be the last meal they have. “I see time, and our ability to use it to better the lives of others, as a powerful gift.”
“There’s such a warm, welcoming and safe atmosphere at Mary Potter Hospice. I really enjoy making a difference in this way.”
Thanks Kelly, and to all of our 600+ incredible volunteers, we really couldn’t make hospice happen without you!
We currently have multiple vacancies for delivering refreshments and meals to our Inpatient Unit patients. If you are interested in becoming a hospitality volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. View our hospitality volunteer vacancy listing for more details.