Can't keep away from the place by Mary McCaffery
Way, way back in 1999 I started working in the reception area of Te Rangimarie Hospice. I was there when my work area was in the back of the HospiceShop at Iona House, I was there when my office was moved to a house at 5 David Street, I was there when the Hospice worked out of a ward in the Hospital, and I was there when we moved to Te Rangimarie’s present location. I really enjoyed being involved with Hospice, and working with such a great group of people. So when I retired in December 2016, I still wanted to be involved in some way.
I started out helping with folding and addressing the newsletters when they were sent out in paper form, and then Rose Whitaker, the Hospice Taranaki Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator, twisted my arm, and I came on board as one of her ‘elves’. This has occasionally meant doing receipting on the database, but mostly I am involved with working on Hospice Taranaki’s website as well as working on various tasks that Rose sets me.
It has been great continuing to be involved in Hospice in a volunteer capacity. It is a wonderful organization and the people who work there, in a clinical, admin or housekeeping capacity, are people with big hearts, who work tirelessly to ensure that all our patients have great quality of life.
If you think you would be interested in volunteering for Hospice Taranaki in Te Rangimarie Hospice, please ring 753 7830 to make an appointment to see Lianne McElroy, our Volunteer and Hospitality Services Manager.