A former Health Care Assistant here at Pendleside Hospice is calling on more people to volunteer their time to the charity.
Ma Blaney, who worked at the Hospice for 15 years, has been a volunteer at Pendleside for the past 5 years following her retirement.
“As a Health Care Assistant at Pendleside it was a privilege to work alongside the professional trained staff and be part of the nursing team, caring for our patients. It was a very rewarding job where I built up some beautiful relationships with people at what is a very emotional stage of their lives.
“During that time my own mother was an inpatient and passed away at the Hospice; so I also know how important the Hospice is from the other side.
“After I retired I still wanted to be part of the Hospice family and the amazing work that all the staff do, so I decided to come back and volunteer.”
Ma, 68, now visits the Hospice every Tuesday to help during meal times. She has also taken on a role through our Hospice at Home befriending service. The service sees volunteers visit patients in their homes once a week to provide company and a helping hand.
“I’m really enjoying being part of the befriending service. It’s great to be able to visit people in their homes who might struggle to get out of the house to see other people, providing them with some company or taking them out and about if they are well enough to.
“The type of volunteering I do at the Hospice might not be for everyone as it can be quite emotionally difficult. However, there are a lot of other roles available such as helping in one of the Hospice shops, volunteer driving, gardening, amongst other things.”
Helen McVey CEO of Pendleside Hospice said: “Ma was an excellent, kind and caring Health Care Assistant during the 15 years she worked at Pendleside; so we were delighted to welcome her back as a volunteer after she retired.
“She is just one of 450 volunteers who gives up their valuable time to enhance the lives of people who have life-limiting illnesses in the local community. We have a diverse range of people volunteering in clinical services, fundraising, family and bereavement support, administration, and our charity shops and we could not run the Hospice without their support.”