Skip to main content

Star Volunteer: Ella on Volunteering with Saint Francis Hospice

Star Volunteer: Ella on Volunteering with Saint Francis Hospice

Last week Ella received a Gold Star Award by the Jack Petchey Foundation in recognition of her volunteering work on the ward at Saint Francis Hospice. Along with a certificate, Ella also received £50 from the Foundation to spend on herself in recognition of her hard work. Ella tell us why she loves giving back and how she feels it also benefits her.

I am currently a student in Year 13 at Brentwood Ursuline Convent School and I chose to become a ward assistant at Saint Francis Hospice for the Volunteering Section of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I started in August 2019 but I had to take a break in March last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. I was able to return on 14 September but sadly I had to take another break at the end of November when we went into lockdown again.

I enjoy the role as it allows me to chat to the patients and their families. I get to know them and I love listening to the inspirational stories from their journeys through life. I feel like we are part of the Saint Francis Hospice family. My main duties are taking the patients’ orders for dinner, delivering fresh water jugs, and preparing the dinner trays for the kitchen staff to give the patients their dinner. My final duty is to give all the patients tea, coffee and the cake of the day.

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Hospice’ fundraising event, Frankie’s Classic Car Fest and Vintage Market in September 2019. I was working as a Car Park Marshall collecting the entrance money with a lovely group of volunteers and an amazing amount of money was raised to help fund the care to local patients that day. Volunteering at Saint Francis Hospice has been an amazing and enlightening experience. I am well supported and valued and I have made some new friends and learned new skills. I also believe that it has made me stop and enjoy the little things in life and appreciate the value of time.

The benefit of engaging in this type of community service is that you’re making a difference where you live. Volunteering gives me the chance to contribute to the kind of community and world that I want to live in every day. I am leaving school this summer and my experience has also boosted my CV. I have added it to the volunteering section on my LinkedIn profile as well as my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Most importantly, I hope I’ve made a difference to those I have helped whether that is the patient or their family.

Have you got a story you want to share? Have you recently received an award from the Jack Petchey Foundation and want to tell us more about it? Email our PR team at pr@jackpetchey.org.uk to find out more!

Share this post now!

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.

Performance

We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.

Functional

From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.

Targeting

We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies