Over the past couple of weeks we have been blessed with the helping hands of Amelia Croft, a 15 year old student from Tarporley High School. As part of her placement she shared her experience with us; she has a brilliant writing style and her story makes a fabulous read. Enjoy!

“I am so grateful to the kind staff at St Luke’s who have welcomed me so kindly and put in so much extra effort – taking time from their demanding schedules – to ensure that I have had a successful two weeks of work experience.

During my two weeks, I have received a taste of the important work goes on behind the scenes of the Hospice and now feel as though I have a better understanding how a charitable organisation is run. My experience has included: events, in preparation for the Midnight Walk; Lottery, an essential part of Hospice fundraising; and communications, to learn about how St Luke’s spread their important message.

It’s been very exciting meeting loads of new people who I had previously considered the mystical “upstairs fundraising folk” and experiencing just how charming they can be. As well as with spending time with the lovely clinical team on the ward being affectionately reminded how much I’ve grown and how great my mum (Dr Graham) is.

An important lesson that I have learned: SPREADSHEETS ARE HARDER THAN YOU’D THINK! Whilst I’ve spent most of my time battling uncooperative office equipment, the fundraising staff have been patiently allowing me to work at my own pace to complete my tasks and offering guidance whenever I have needed it.

Although I don’t think that I am ready for a job just yet, I am glad to have been able to contribute to such a brilliant charity – even in my own small way. Furthermore, I would be enthused to continue to help St Luke’s by lending a hand whenever I can and encourage any people reading this to do the same.

St Luke’s truly is kind to its core; full of benevolent staff who work so hard to fund and provide care to those who are in possibly the darkest time of their lives. I am honoured to have been a part of such an incredible charity and had to the opportunity to work with so many incredible people. It has been wonderful to experience the diligent effort of the St Luke’s family that bring light to the lives of people facing severe hardship.  

It was been a privilege to complete my work at experience at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice and I am leaving with new skills, understanding and maturity that I can apply to my final year of high school.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at St Luke’s or are looking for a work experience placement, please email Pamela_Ford@stlukes-hospice.co.uk or telephone Pam on 01606 555690.