A former Bacup and Rawtenstall Sixth Form student who first came to Pendleside Hospice for work experience in July 2014 has recently been back for her second placement.
Shannon Grimshaw-Lord first joined the hospice for two weeks after her teacher recommended it would be a good place to learn all about the goings on in a busy workplace setting.
Her first two weeks at Pendleside saw Shannon working in day services – she helped out with transport, making drinks and doing activities and chatting with the visitors.
With a focus on learning about the brain and different ways to help people with illnesses and disorders, Shannon is now studying Psychology at the University of Manchester and came back to Pendleside for a week in October last year.
She said: “As part of my Psychology course I was instructed to do a 30-hour work placement of my choice and the first place I thought of was Pendleside as I loved my experience there the first time.
“This time I got to visit the Hospice at Home part of the charity and experience a meeting where people spoke about the patients and what the best treatment option is for them.
“I’ve never seen such a kind, energetic and selfless set of staff in all my life. When talking to the patients all they did was compliment the hospice and the staff for how much they do for them to support them.”
Shannon has chosen to study Psychology due to her love of learning all about the brain and it was her favourite A Level at college. After university, she’s looking to go into the field of Forensic Psychology.
“If someone was thinking of coming to Pendleside for their work placement – at any age or stage of their education or career – I’d tell them to enjoy every moment and don't be afraid to get stuck in to the activities such as arts and crafts and chair exercises,” said Shannon.
“I’d also say not to be nervous about talking to the patients as many of them love talking to you and telling you stories.
“The staff are just brilliant to work alongside. I saw Julia O’Neill, the hospice’s day service, family support and outpatient manager, in both work placements – she was so happy to have me back and made me feel so welcome. The place as a whole is great and helps so many people when they need it most.”