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How did you get into volunteering for Forest Holme Hospice Charity?
My friends husband spent his last few weeks of his life at FH and I could see when I visited him the vast difference it made to his quality of life, the staff did an amazing job of caring for him and supporting his wife and family.
Following on from this I was volunteering at Wimborne Minster Flower Festival last year where Forest Holme had sent volunteers to help with the cream teas and raffle, and it was meeting the lovely volunteers and working with them which persuaded me to become a volunteer myself!
The flexibility in the events you are able to assist with which are very varied can appeal to everyone and it is good to feel part of a team, helping to raise funds for Forest Holme.
What have you enjoyed so far?
The first event I helped with was at the Light up Life Tree event in the Dolphin Centre and I was heartened by the number of people who supported the event and to hear people’s stories of what they have been through was really moving. Hopefully it helped many of those people find comfort in their loss.
I also enjoyed being at Haskins, it was nice having a table there with merchandise to attract people’s attention and being able to engage with members of the public.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Hopefully spending more time at Haskins and being able to help with the Tie a Yellow Ribbon Event in June and any other events that pop up!
Would you recommend others to volunteer for Forest Holme Hospice Charity?
Yes, I often talk about it to others. The flexibility really does help, and it’s a great local charity.
The team at Forest Holme work very hard to ensure that the final days of someone’s life is dignified and peaceful, they do all they can to make a patient final months / weeks special for them and their families giving them lasting memories.
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