• Victoria Follows in Grandad’s Footsteps

Victoria Follows in Grandad’s Footsteps

A Burnley teenager has been inspired to volunteer at Pendleside Hospice by her grandad, a long-standing volunteer for the charity.

Victoria Bottacin, 15, spent two weeks with us at the hospice for her work experience placement, and now hopes to volunteer here in the future and help us support people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

St Christopher’s pupil Victoria heard about Pendleside Hospice through her grandad Roy Langtree, who has volunteered with our fundraising team for the past nine years.

Victoria says she was surprised what a happy place the hospice is, she said: “I thought that the hospice would be an upsetting place to be, but everyone is so happy here.

“My grandad is always talking about the hospice and what a fantastic place it is. Over the years I have come into the hospice to do things like sing, but I didn’t know a lot about it, so I thought it would be a good place to do work experience.

“I’ve learned so much from being here, I think it’s really helped my communications and organisational skills, and made me more empathetic to other people. Being at Pendleside has made me realise that I’d really like to work in an adult caring role when I’m older.

“I am looking forward to volunteering for Pendleside when I turn 16.”

Roy, who helps our fundraising team with admin for the car raffle and Light up a Life, said: “I’m delighted that Victoria has been able to undertake such valuable work experience. She has taken so much away from her time at Pendleside and I’m delighted that she will be volunteering for the hospice too.

“I became involved with Pendleside Hospice through fundraising with the Freemasons. My wife also attended day services after she was diagnosed with cancer.

“Pendleside is an amazing place, they do so much for people in the local community. I love volunteering, the people at the hospice are extremely nice and I like knowing that I’m contributing something worthwhile and helping give the fundraisers more time to do their vital work.”

A range of volunteering opportunities are available for people aged 16 plus, including: helping the hospice at home team, supporting day services, volunteering at one of the hospice shops or helping fundraisers. For more information  email  julie.­hodgkinson@­pendleside.­org.­uk