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Pete has been a Community Companion for 18 months, alongside being a Maintenance Volunteer at the hospice.
He says, “Shortly after lockdown began, the Community Companions team asked me if I would make contact with a patient who is in a nursing home. Instead of visiting him, however, I would be offering telephone support – which I was happy to do.
When I ring he is always in very good spirits. It turned out that we were both born and bred in a similar part of the east end of London, and we had a lot in common. He has experienced lots of highs and lows in his life, and is a very intelligent and philosophical man. He is quite a character and is very amusing – we laugh a lot!
It is a pleasure to ring him once a week, and I hope to visit him regularly when the restrictions are lifted.”
Pete’s patient, Billy, says “St Barnabas is a great organisation. Pete is an extremely nice man and so easy to get on with. We chat about the old days! Obviously lockdown has made things more difficult to have visitors so it’s nice to have someone to chat to regularly. He laughs at my silly jokes…anyone who does that must be a nice bloke!”