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Volunteer inspiration

Today we share the story of Fiona Clark. She begun volunteering at the Hospice as a Complementary Therapist 15 years ago after being inspired by another volunteer therapist.

Fiona now facilitates our therapeutic activities, including arts and crafts and creative writing. 

Fiona said: “More than 15 years ago, my mum begun volunteering at St Oswald's. At the time, I experienced depression and my mum was talking to Nina, a Complementary Therapy Volunteer, about what she could do to support me.

“My mum put me in touch with Nina, who believed that reflexology would help my depression. I didn’t believe it would work but I thought I’d give it a go. I had about six reflexology sessions and felt so much more positive, it was amazing. Nina wouldn’t accept any money for the sessions so I wanted to give something back for how it had changed my life. It was then I began a night class in reflexology and then started volunteering at the Hospice. I now manage a team of volunteers in the craft room, supporting them to deliver therapeutic activities to patients.”