Derek's Testimonial

How long have you volunteered with Teesside Hospice?

Just over a year – started in November 2021

Which area of Teesside Hospice do you volunteer in and what do you do day to day? 

I volunteer in the wellbeing centre on a Thursday morning doing creative therapy class – doing arts and crafts with the patients such as painting, textiles, a whole range of things. 

What is the reason you started to volunteer with Teesside Hospice?

I retired from work in 2021, and I wanted to do some volunteering. Teesside Hospice looked after my mam a few years ago so I had some experience of coming into here to visit my mam. My Mam used to go to the wellbeing classes and she really enjoyed them, and when I contacted Teesside hospice they were looking for someone in wellbeing so it fitted in nicely.

What has your experience been like volunteering with Teesside Hospice?

Fantastic – I have really loved it. The staff are brilliant, the patients are brilliant. The biggest surprise is how positive and upbeat and uplifting it is, because a lot of people have a bit of a stigma about Hospices. I think its that word – ‘Hospice’ – people have really negative thoughts about it, but its not like that at all from my experience. I never expected so much laughter, singing, and dancing – its great.

What has volunteering with Teesside Hospice done for you?

It has given me a different outlook on Hospices. It gives me enjoyment and I always go away with a smile on my face despite what the patients are going through and their experiences. I still come away happy, and I know I have helped someone and made a difference, no matter how small it may be.

Do you have any advice for potential Teesside Hospice volunteers?

Do it! And come in with an open mind

THANK YOU! To Derek, and all of our volunteers.

If you want to tell your story, please contact volunteering@teessidehospice.co.uk or call 07470451566

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