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Jean's Story


I’ve been volunteering at the Hospice for 25 years. The fundraising team needed a typist, so a friend who volunteered here asked me if I had a few hours a week. I did most of it on a typewriter but we did obtain a word processor which we thought was wonderful.
 
I was then voted in as secretary of the Wakefield & District Hospice Appeal Fund, and found out lots about how the Hospice was run and its inception from the forward thinking of the four nurses who had the original idea.
 
I’ve seen the Hospice grow and grow. There were only eight beds and now there are 16, and the rooms have been altered – they have walk-in showers now, and more of them look out on to the gardens. There are all the facilities that weren’t around then, like the Day Therapy Unit. They have all these things like complementary therapy, and now people are cared for even more.
 
But patients and their families have always been uppermost for everyone at the Hospice. When people are desperately ill they do appreciate the one-to-one care they get here, and the knowledge the nurses have of end-of-life care. The nurses here are also specially trained to understand how people are feeling. People get more individual care than in a hospital situation. It’s more ‘home from home’.
 
The surroundings and the care are second to none for people with end-of-life illnesses, and it’s free – there’s no charge, of course. So it’s important that the local community keeps supporting the Hospice as they do, to keep it running, because 70% of our funding comes from the community.
 
By doing voluntary work I’ve helped the Hospice save money, met some wonderful, inspiring people, and made a lot of friends. You get satisfaction knowing that you’ve helped.
 
 
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