Volunteers are vital to charities like Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC), especially around Christmas time.
Hospice volunteer Margaret Thompson, who started volunteering after the death of her twin brother, said: “My husband was surprised about me choosing to volunteer at Florence Nightingale Hospice because I had been through a difficult bereavement when I lived in Australia. I love meeting all the patients. They have great life stories and are really interesting, but being there for them and giving them something different to talk about, other than their illness, is what I enjoy most.”
Volunteers like Margaret help keep patients’ spirits up, especially in the build-up to the festive season. She added: “We put on a Christmas dinner for the patients in the week leading up to Christmas. They all enjoy it - for some, it’s the only Christmas dinner they will have.”
Kirsty, 17, one of the charity’s youngest volunteers who is studying for her A-Levels, will be giving some time to support the Wendover charity shop and the hospice. She said: “I volunteer primarily because I want to be able to make a difference to patients and their families.” Volunteers will bring extra sparkle to Friars Square Shopping Centre, from Saturday, December 19 until Christmas Eve, with the annual FNHC festive gift wrapping stall. Call 01296 429975 if you would like to help.