Mum and Daughter, Sacha and Chantelle, both volunteer for the Hospice in different areas and believe that it has made a real difference to their own lives.
Sacha is mum to four children between the ages of 17 and 4 years old. She signed up to become a Compassionate Neighbour last summer and was matched with community member, Derek, who has a chronic lung condition and reduced mobility. Sacha takes Derek out for a bacon sandwich in Hitchin one morning a week and they spend the morning together catching up when Derek’s wife Sue does her shopping.
Sacha said: “My youngest child started at nursery in September and I had some time on my hands and wanted to make a difference. My neighbour, who works at the Hospice suggested I become a Compassionate Neighbour.
“I’m inspired by Derek, as it’s such a struggle for him to get out, but, he’s still so positive and doesn’t let anything get him down. I genuinely enjoy spending time with Sue and Derek and see them more as friends.
“I really respect the work the Hospice does and I would like to do more. I’ve gained a lot from it and never think of volunteering as a chore – even my youngest daughter, Bella aged 9 knows about Compassionate Neighbours!”
Sacha’s daughter Chantelle (17) became a volunteer in the Garden House Hospice Care Shop at Fairfield in Stotfold when it opened last December. When her start date at the Air Force was deferred last September, Chantelle decided she’d like to do some volunteering work as well as working two other part-time jobs.
Chantelle who volunteers 4 hours every week said: “I think it’s great to do something productive for a good cause. I could really see how my volunteering work was helping when I attended my induction morning at the Hospice.
“I look forward to doing my shifts and the great thing is I am meeting people I would never have crossed paths with in my own life and I feel inspired by them.”