Your stories Volunteer stories Two minutes with ... Dawn What’s your volunteering role? I cannot put into words how rewarding it is to volunteer on reception. It works perfectly with my personal circumstances as I do the 5.30-8.30pm shift every other Tuesday, and the community within the hospice makes you feel a part of the family which is wonderful. What made you decide to volunteer at Katharine House? My journey to volunteering started when my stepfather died of cancer. He spent his last few months in the incredible care of Katharine House and as traumatic and sad as it was, the help, support, professionalism and genuine love and care of the hospice helped me and my family beyond measure. I have since sadly lost my brother-in-law, and the home care and 24 hour support and physical help offered by Katharine House was incredible. We simply wouldn’t have managed without the hospice on both occasions. What do you like about volunteering at Katharine House? I volunteer because I wanted to help and give something back, and to help ensure that other people who were in my situation could receive the support we did. What would you say to a friend about volunteering here? I truly believe that you get far more in return than you give at Katharine House, we are all busy people and life has a habit of rushing by. However, to give time to people and families who are genuinely in need, possibly even at the end of life, is a privilege. There is a misconception that you need to offer loads of your time, but there are a huge array of opportunities from even one or two hours a month. I cannot urge you strongly enough to contact the hospice; it changes the lives of people for the better, including your own!