Our wonderful volunteer stories

Our volunteers give their time for various reasons, whether you want to learn a new skill, gain experience working, you’re looking for an opportunity to socialise or you want to give something back to your local Hospice.

Here are our very own volunteer stories, find out why our wonderful people joined us.

Martin Parsons

“My wife was an inpatient at the hospice in 2018, and she passed away in June of that year.
Before she passed, we were discussing the Hospice and how wonderful it was. I promised her that I would support them in any way I could, and it seemed the best way was to volunteer. It’s helped me a lot since losing Bev. I just feel better that I am giving something back. It’s worthwhile and the Hospice needs volunteers.”

Julie Wilde

“I was born with a genetic disorder which means I am partially sighted and have hearing and balance problems. Volunteering is doing something positive with your time, it’s given me so much confidence and has boosted my self-esteem. Friends say to me that I have ‘got my mojo back’. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to volunteer with such a lovely team. Everyone is jolly and we have a good laugh whilst doing something great!”

Ben Blundell

“I’m really interest in electronics. I’m a chef by trade but I have been looking to change that trade into an electrician. I enjoy keeping myself busy, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and meet new people. For anyone looking to volunteer, just give it a go, even if it’s just for a day or two, see how you get on, see if it’s something you enjoy. You get to meet a lot of new people and there are a lot of skills you can develop whether it’s customer service or another trade.”

Dafydd Hardy

“I’m a volunteer, a trustee and a chair of the income generation committee and I’m so pleased to be involved. I want to try and use my business expertise in order to help St David’s Hospice raise much more money so that we can spend it helping our patients. I get such a buzz from volunteering, I love helping people and If I can contribute just a little bit towards the big picture, that’s amazing. Do your research and if you would like to volunteer for the Hospice then put 100% into it because you are so important.”

Yvonne Stewart

“I’ve been with the Hospice for 22 years, I started initially after my husband died.

I’m customer facing, keeping the shop tidy, putting orders out after they arrive from the depo, pricing items, general shop work which I have done in the past. I’ve enjoyed meeting people more than anything, it’s good and I’ve had a lot out of it. I think it’s a wonderful place to support because who knows when any of us will need it, that’s how I look at it.”

Kerry Sizer

“Three years ago I had a heart attack, it was a huge turning point in my life and as a result, I lost all of my confidence. I saw an advert in a local paper, and rang the Hospice to find out more.
Two and a half years on and I am now part of a great team. I volunteer three days a week at the Craig y Don Shop. Everyone has been very supportive and over time I have built up my confidence around people, and now enjoy socialising with the customers, staff and other fellow volunteers.


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