Meet Don and Lynne. St Luke’s thinks the world of them, but they are adamant that they are no different to many others
“Lots of volunteers do far more than us. There are many unsung heroes who give so much of their time.”
As a member of Nantwich Support Group, Lynne has been involved with St Luke’s for more than 25 years. She’s seen the many changes that have transported St Luke’s into the innovative hospice of today. Lynne’s volunteer roles have included driving for the day hospice, helping in the day hospice, dressing up as all sorts for fundraising events, admin for the oral history project, and collecting for St Luke’s lottery for 19 years! “I’ve seen families grow up, grandchildren arrive, people get married. So wonderful to be part of people’s lives”.
Don sadly lost his first wife at St Luke’s in 1995. At the same time, Lynne’s dad was using the services at St Luke’s. During the next couple of years, you could say that fate brought them together. Quietly unknown to most, Don asked Lynne out on a date.
Lynne recalls the moment: “I was terrified as I’d never considered being with someone, let alone the thought that 7 months later we would be married! It’s like we were destined to be brought together”.
Asked how to encourage people not to be frightened of a hospice
“St Luke’s is a place where sad things do happen, but it’s not a sad place. It’s a happy place. Just step over the threshold and you will be amazed at the care and support you feel.”
Don started volunteering on reception in 1996 and then part of the bereavement counselling group in 1997, “It was so humbling to help someone in a very useful way, to see them progress from a tearful place to moving along with their life”.
Why volunteer? “We both saw and experienced the care that St Luke’s gave to families and wanted to put something back.”
“No matter what you put in, you will get more out. It is a privilege to work here and have people allow you into their lives. There is phenomenal support from staff.”
Don and Lynne have now moved out of the area onto new and exciting things, but will always be part of St Luke’s. From everyone at THANK YOU.
If you are interested in volunteering for St Luke’s (in any capacity), have a look at our current vacancies and apply online.