“My uncle was seriously ill with cancer. The hospital he was at referred him to St Luke’s. Our whole family felt very nervous and apprehensive about my uncle being moved as we’d never had to consider using a place like a hospice before.
The moment we walked into St Luke’s it was like a weight lifted off our shoulders and we knew that my uncle was in the best place possible. Every person (from nursing, catering, housekeeping and volunteers) was absolutely fantastic.
I can’t put into words what an amazing place this is, and the people who make it possible. I don’t know where we would have been if St Luke’s was not open. All the nurses were lovely and made us feel at home; we could visit at any time day or night. They always had time to talk to us and answered any questions or concerns. The staff were all very patient with my uncle.
Sadly in March 2013, after 5 weeks at St Luke’s, my uncle passed away but he was in the most comfortable place he could have been. All of our family were around him and this to us eased some of the pain knowing that he passed away peacefully. The hospice environment enables families to feel more at ease when they were having to deal with a loved one who is terminally ill.
I am now a volunteer at St Luke’s charity shop in Winsford to give back a little of my time back for what the hospice has done for our family. We can’t thank them enough.
The unexpected benefits for me have been that I have made some wonderful friendships and gained so much confidence. I’ve realised that I really enjoy meeting new people and greeting the regular customers. I have gained work skills by learning to use the till and developing customer service skills.
If you aren’t in a position to donate some money to St Luke’s, I encourage you to think about donating some time. The hospice shops all need volunteers to help raise essential funds for patient care.”
What’s stopping you?
- Do you have a few hours to spare once a week or once a fortnight?
- Did you know that St Luke’s has coffee shops, a furniture warehouse, a creperie as well as traditional charity shops?
You could volunteer in Northwich, Winsford Precinct, Winsford Delamere Street, Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager or Hartford.