Hana has been a volunteer with the Evesham group for more than 30 years. Initially she sat with patients and was on hand to do any chores that needed doing, but when the hospice moved into Castle Street, she was part of the Thursday team, providing lunches and looking after day care patients. She talks about the importance of fundraising and how over the years her group has kept St Richard’s in the public eye. She raises concerns in her interview about the future of volunteering and the pressures of health and safety on the voluntary sector.
Hana Reid became a volunteer with St Richard’s in the very early days. She had trained and worked as a nurse, and looked after her mother and grandmother who both died at home. In this extract, she recalls how she first heard about the hospice and her duties as an Evesham volunteer.
Over 30 years of volunteering for St Richards, Hana has had many roles, including sitting with people, fund-raising, rattling tins at service stations, and more recently helping bathe patients at the hospice itself. In the following extract, she explains how people’s views on death and dying have changed over the years, and what she still gets out of her volunteering role.