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Community Companion volunteers truly are at the heart of the hospice, so it can be sad when we have to say goodbye. Chris, 26, started volunteering last year, keen to give back after St Barnabas supported his Nan, who he says, “received amazing care and would be hugely proud of my involvement in the hospice”.
Before he heads off to start university, Chris tells us a bit about his experience of visiting a patient as a Community Companion:
“At first, I was slightly apprehensive about becoming a Community Companion and visiting patients. I thought the age gap between us would make it very difficult to find common ground and subjects to discuss. However, there was no need to worry at all. The lady I was paired with was so welcoming and kind; we instantly got along and I enjoyed my visits with her each week. We could talk about anything and everything and I loved listening to her stories about her life and family. Likewise, she was always very keen to listen to me. The time flew – on many occasions I’d look at my watch and realise the two hours were up already. She made a cracking cuppa tea too!
“It’s been a great experience and something I’d love to do again in the future and hopefully I’ll be able to support the charity in other ways. I’ve learnt some key new skills, which I know I’ll be able to utilise in my studies and future career.”
Thank you Chris, you have been a wonderful support to the patient you visited and we wish you the best of luck as you study for a BSc in Paramedic Science.