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Volunteers’ Week at St Nicholas Hospice Care
As part of the national Volunteers’ Week which is running from 1-7 June, the Hospice is keen to celebrate our wonderful 600-plus volunteers who generously give their time to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Michael Golston has become a firm fixture at the Hospice having given his time to us (in a variety of different roles) for 11-and-a-half years.
“I had been able to take early retirement and I wanted something else to do. I spoke to a friend who volunteered in the kitchens at the time and she told me the Hospice was desperate for Volunteer Drivers.
“I came along to the staff and volunteers summer garden party that year and spoke to the person who was in charge of volunteering at the time and she welcomed me with open arms, she snapped me up you might say.
“I had been a Volunteer Driver for a while and one day I was sitting waiting for a patient in Bradbury Green and one of the fundraising team came past.
“They said they had seen me sitting waiting quite often and asked me what I was doing.
“I told them and then they said would I mind opening up some draw tickets while I was waiting – and that was that. I went upstairs and met Roger (Whomes) who sat with the Fundraising Team at the time.
“We became quite friendly and then after that I also started helping the Finance Team. I also help out on the ward ordering medical supplies.
“I would say I am at the Hospice most days, usually between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
“I do really enjoy volunteering. For me the friendships I have made have been a big part of it.
“It is also totally different from what I used to do. I used to work for the local authority.
“For me I think the part I enjoy most is being able to help the patients and everything else must fit around my volunteer driving.
“The patients are also so appreciative of what you do, especially the people who are perhaps not able to get out at any other time.
“It is nice to think you have helped them, and made a difference.”