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Giving something back by volunteering

Meet Phil Stokes, a volunteer administrator in our Transport Department. Phil began volunteering when his wife of 40 years, Sally, died at the Hospice. He initially started volunteering to 'pay back' the Hospice, 10 years later he’s still with us as a volunteer. He said:

“My wife, Sally, was diagnosed with breast cancer and given five years to live almost 20 years ago. She used St Oswald’s Day Hospice service once a week, and also the Lymphoedema Clinic, as she developed lymphoedema as a result of her cancer treatment. She died on the Inpatient Ward 14 years ago and received such great care, so I decided to volunteer to give something back.

“I volunteer in the transport department every Thursday, which mainly involves office filing and other administrative duties. It’s great to know I am contributing to patient wellbeing and help to deliver transport to patients, as without St Oswald’s transport service, many patients wouldn’t be able to get to the vital services provided here.”