‘Why I’m a Pilgrims volunteer’ with driver Dave King
Dave King from Folkestone is a volunteer driver for Pilgrims Hospice Ashford. After two years he says he finds it more satisfying than ever:
“I bring people to the hospice who can’t drive themselves. You still find those who think a hospice is somewhere people only go to die, which of course is not the case.
“Once you’re past that barrier, any fear breaks down and people begin to open up to you. That’s when you can really help. I drive people from all walks of life, but they all seem a lot happier once they have been coming to the hospice a little while.
“I can’t sum up what it means to me to volunteer here. It’s the personal satisfaction and what I can do for people. We are backed up by a great team too; there’s no negativity, it’s all positive from management to volunteers.
“Of course it is always hard when we lose a patient but your lifetime experiences help.
“I was a police officer for a number of years and I’ve also had personal tragedy as I lost one of my children at a young age. So the university of life has prepared me, that’s not to say I don’t care but I can get on with the job. Sometimes people say, ‘I couldn’t do that’; well why not?”
Our volunteers are vital to the work of Pilgrims Hospices – without them we simply couldn’t continue to provide such a high level of patient care and support. There are lots of reasons why people volunteer with Pilgrims – find out why!
* Volunteers are urgently sought at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet as community services receptionists to meet and greet outpatients arriving for appointments. Anybody interested must be computer literate. They would be required Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm or 1pm to 4.30pm. If you would like to help, please contact community services manager Mary Sackett on 01843 233924 or email email@example.com