Dee Ford has been volunteering at Douglas Macmillan Hospice for 3 years, after retiring as a hairdresser.
One of the poignant days for Dee was coming in last year on Christmas day to spend time with patients on the In Patient Unit.
“A few patients are unable to have visitors on Christmas day and I felt like I wanted to spend the day with them.
“I met a lady and gentleman, and three of us sat together on Christmas morning opening up presents while sharing a cup of tea,” she said.
Dee also joined the patients for Christmas lunch, explaining,
“It’s the happiest Christmas I’ve ever had, it was a complete pleasure to at the hospice; I didn’t want to go home.
One thing Dee found particularly heart-warming, was patient’s relatives bringing gifts for other patients who were on their own.
Dee started volunteering after Donna, a beautician volunteer at the hospice, visited the salon she was working at, and told her all about what she did.
“It’s most rewarding and the best thing I have ever done, the patients are so grateful to have their hair done,” she added.
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