“After Val died, I felt a need to give something back, not only to the hospice but to the patients who were struggling with their conditions, and their loved ones who needed respite from the daily tasks of caring for them. Driving these patients to the day hospice or to attend appointments has given me a great sense of purpose and satisfaction.”
Bob Matthews was inspired to volunteer with Sue Ryder after his wife, Val, was cared for at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in 2005. Bob and fellow volunteer driver John Turner help with over 120 patient journeys every month, driving patients to and from their homes for day hospice and outpatient appointments.
Bob is very much part of the team at Duchess of Kent Hospice, where more than 100 volunteers kindly give their time. In the average month, day hospice volunteers clock up 50 hours; inpatient unit volunteers fill 76 shifts; volunteer gardeners complete 30 outdoor sessions; and receptionists cover 30 shifts on the front desk. The hospice literally couldn’t run without these remarkable people.
Across the organisation, our 11,000 volunteers are worth £30.2 million every year to Sue Ryder and we are very grateful for this major contribution to our work. For more information about volunteering, call 0808 164 4572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.