Mary Potter Hospice relies on the help of volunteers to provide its high-quality service. People from all walks of life give up their time to give something back.
Like Chris Lawrence. Chris volunteers once a month to make sure the reception desk is staffed at the Inpatient Unit in Newtown.
“I don’t give as many hours as others, but I really enjoy volunteering when I do.” “Being able to help the Hospice is a huge privilege.”
Chris’s father was in the care of the Hospice in 2015. After he passed away, Chris decided to sit down and create some goals.
“One of the things I wanted to do was volunteer. The Hospice seemed like a great fit. They had treated Dad so well and I wanted to be a part of such a great organisation.”
Chris applied for a volunteer position and was accepted. Along with helping on the reception desk, he sometimes also helps with the delivery of meals. Volunteering in the Inpatient Unit was particularly special, according to Chris.
“Everyone enjoys having a laugh and keeping things light. It is a very energetic place. People often think the Hospice must be gloomy – but it isn’t. When you are doing your volunteer training the staff remind you that despite it being a place for palliative care, the people receiving care are focused on living.”
The wider team at the Hospice were very supportive and welcoming of volunteers. Chris says he is always left impressed at how hard working the medical team is.
“Everyone works so hard. The nurses are always on their feet and doing whatever they can to help their patients. It is very inspiring to see.” Volunteering at the Hospice is something Chris highly recommends.
“It is a humbling experience spending time in the Inpatient Unit. It gives you an appreciation of what Hospice care does. It also gives you an appreciation of what is important in life. It all boils down to family and friends.”
Thank you to our amazing volunteers who work with our patients, families and whānau, keep our shops operating and support our staff behind the scenes. Your time, skills, experience, fundraising and passion supports Mary Potter Hospice to offer our valuable services free of charge.