Mike has been a volunteer driver for St Wilfrid’s Hospice since 2006.
Once a week Mike’s job is to transport our patients from their home to the Hospice for them to partake in complimentary therapies and activities - the art day which is held on a Wednesday is particularly popular with 3 in one car!
A retired banker and briefly a real estate agent Mike enjoys the conversation and report he has built up with our patients over the last 12 years.
“It is important for them to have that change of scenery and socialise as many only go out this once a week.” Mike explains “It’s great to see their smiling faces when I take them home as it is such a welcoming happy place for them to spend a day.”
Having lived in West Sussex all his life Mike knows all the traffic hot spots to avoid and side street shortcuts to take. He enjoys the great sense of appreciation the patients in his car share with him as the complimentary therapies and staff at the Hospice really do all they can to make their life as easy as possible.
On another 'note' Mike also lends his piano playing skills to the bi-monthly chapel service. Sometimes he plays in front of an audience of over a hundred people when patient’s families turn up in droves!
Mike feels that volunteering at St Wilfrid’s is easy to do because the flexibility and support on offer is so good. There is always the freedom to change what you do, and how often you do it, over time to suit your current situation.
Thank you Mike for all of your continued support as one of our valued volunteers. Find out more about volunteering here.