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.
Many staff and volunteers will be working across the Christmas period to ensure people being cared for by Douglas Macmillan Hospice receive the best care.
Kitchen staff at the hospice will prepare 50 Christmas dinners for patients and their families, with the Reception staffed by volunteers on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Paula Lewis, Head Receptionist added,
“We’re extremely grateful to all the volunteers who have offered to man the Reception during this time.”
Dougie Mac’s 24 hour advice line will continue to be manned throughout the holidays to give patients and their immediate families advice if required as well as the Hospice at Home team working normal working hours, as referrals can still be made.