Anne Opie is a Ward Volunteer at St Margaret’s In-patient Unit in Taunton and also assists with training new volunteers.
Anne sadly lost her father and younger brother to cancer. She retired early as a Group Payroll Manager for a private healthcare company to take care of her brother in Essex for the last year of his life.
She says “I am based on the ward and spend a lot of time on things that are small but vital for patients and their families, such as replenishing water jugs, making the tea and coffee, handing cake around, and making sure every meal tray has a small vase of fresh flowers on it. These are the little things that enable the nurses to concentrate on the clinical work and just help lighten the load. I also spend time just chatting with patients, taking their mind off things for a while.”
“If I’m honest, I wasn’t really ready to retire so, for me, it fills a big gap that was created when I lost my father and brother. The hospice is almost like the family I lost. I see now what’s important in life - I go home every Thursday thinking how lucky I am. I feel valued, it’s such a rewarding thing and it’s made a huge difference to my life.”
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Anne for her hard work and dedication. If you are interested in volunteering for St Margaret's, take a look at our current opportunities here.