To celebrate #VolunteersWeek2020, Pauline Brain and Husband and Wife, Ann and Alan Smith have shared their volunteering stories in the hope it inspires others to volunteer with Dougie Mac.
Throughout her working life and role as a carer, Pauline has always gone the extra mile to help people. After retiring, Pauline missed lending a helping hand so decided to take up volunteering to support her local hospice.
Pauline volunteers at Dougie Mac’s retail shop in Meir. As the shop is currently closed, Pauline has been finding other activities to occupy her time including a spot of fundraising.
“With all my extra spare time, I have been taking advantage of the lovely weather we have had and spent a lot of time in my garden. I have been planting hanging baskets for my neighbours in exchange for a donation to Dougie Mac”
Pauline has also enjoyed chatting to our Voluntary Services team who have been carrying out well-being calls as well as engaging with other volunteers through the Dougie Mac Volunteers Facebook Group.
“It has been lovely to chat with Deb from the Volunteer team, I hadn’t spoken to her before, but now I feel like I really know her. I really miss the other staff and volunteers at the Meir shop and I have been able to catch up with them through Facebook which has been brilliant! Helping out at the shop is tough work but I love it and I can’t wait until I can come back to help.”
Ann and Alan Smith
After Ann’s family experienced Dougie Mac’s palliative care services when her Brother, Terry sadly passed away, Ann and Husband, Alan were determined to show their support and thanks.
“Dougie Mac were absolutely brilliant with our family when Terry passed away. He wanted to be at Dougie Mac and they gave him everything he wanted. We’ve always known about Dougie Mac’s great reputation but seeing the care first-hand really brought it home.”
The couple now spend their Friday mornings together helping out on Dougie Mac’s Inpatient Unit; having a chat and a sing-song with our patients, serving drinks and supporting the ward staff where needed.
“Dougie Mac is such a beautiful place, not sad at all and we are really missing being there and helping out. Our calls from Emily have been very welcome and we are enjoying chatting to many other volunteers on Facebook. The support from the hospice has been brilliant.”
To fill their time, Ann and Alan have been doing some home improvements as well as sorting items to donate to their local Dougie Mac shop!
We can’t wait to have Pauline, Ann, Alan and all of our other fantastic volunteers back in their volunteering roles. Our volunteers are vital to the work that we do and without their support, we wouldn’t be able to open our retail shops, maintain our gardens and grounds, welcome guests to the hospice, operate our weekly lottery, collect donations, hold fundraising events, provide patient and carer support + much much more!
If you are interested in making a difference to those with life-limiting illnesses through volunteering, please visit our Volunteering page here https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/join-our-team/volunteering-opportunities/