Care for elderly

Mayoress volunteers for the day at north Derbyshire Hospice

The Mayoress of Chesterfield, Jill Mannion-Brunt, paid a special visit to Ashgate Hospicecare last week, not as a visitor but as a volunteer.

The Mayoress, who has lived in Chesterfield since 1989, volunteered on both the Inpatient Unit and Day Hospice throughout the morning serving breakfast and lunch to patients.

The Mayoress said, “The whole experience has been absolutely great. If you are thinking about volunteering then please come and do it. It is invaluable not only for the patients but for the staff as well.

“I would just like to reinforce how important it is to have a place like this. The whole recognition of death as part of the life process and the way people should be looked after with ambiguity and that every town should have a place like this. It is just a jewel.”

Lucy Nickson, Chief Executive at Ashgate Hospicecare, said, “It was a pleasure welcoming the Mayoress at the hospice and was very generous and kind of her to spend her time volunteering, spending time with patients. We’re extremely grateful to the Mayoress for her support and look forward to her visiting the hospice again in the near future.”

Alan Rhodes, a patient in Ashgate Hospicecare’s Day Hospice, met with the Mayoress and shared stories throughout the morning. He said, “It was wonderful to see the Mayoress in the day hospice, chatting to all the patients. She makes a great cup of coffee!”

The Mayoress is in office until May 2017 and plans to support Ashgate Hospicecare in any way which would benefit the hospice.

New volunteering opportunities currently exist at Ashgate Hospicecare. For more information on these roles at the hospice, please contact Marianne Day on marianne.day@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk or 01246 568801.

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