St Catherine’s Hospice’s Horley Volunteer’s Story
At St Catherine’s Hospice based in Crawley more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers give their time to support the work of their local hospice to ensure the smooth running of the charity and its work.
To mark national Volunteers Week, Peggy, one of St Catherine’s longest serving volunteers, explained why she gives her time to the charity which serves West Sussex and South East Surrey.
Peggy who has volunteered with St Catherine’s Hospice for more than 30 years started giving her time to the charity at the hospice’s coffee shop in Horley before she made the move to the main site.
Today, Peggy volunteers on Monday mornings in the hospice kitchen, a busy time as all St Catherine’s homemade cakes are baked for the coffee shop on a Monday, she also helps support the kitchen staff.
As well as the social aspect of volunteering, she says: “I often try to convince people that the hospice is a cheerful place; it’s not a place full of sadness. It’s never worried me coming here as I find it peaceful.”
For more information about volunteering at St Catherine’s Hospice, visit: www.stch.org.uk/volunteer