Jenny Booth, a Volunteer Hairdresser at St Oswald’s, spoke to us for this week’s #VolunteerHour about the positive impact volunteering has had on her life.
Jenny told us:
As a busy single mum and a self-employed hairdresser, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to volunteer but I soon found that sparing just two hours a week was enough to make an enormous difference to the patients.
Having sadly experienced cancer within my own family and having lost a young relative, I was passionate about using my skills to support a fantastic local charity and to give back to the community. St Oswald’s values my time and I’m in awe of the nurses who do the most amazing job. Despite the serious nature of the Hospice, St Oswald’s is an incredibly positive place to visit and I gain a huge amount from spending such a small amount of time making the patients feel special. I provide various treatments to patients including; cuts, washes and blow drys and considering the serious and long-term illnesses many of the patients are suffering from, being pampered and spoilt with something as simple as a haircut hugely lifts their spirits.
I’ve been with St Oswald’s now for over 6 months and massively enjoy my role. By giving a little, you can gain a lot!
If you, or somebody you know, has Hairdressing skills and could spare just a few hours on a Thursday or Friday, click this link to apply and join Jenny and the team!